A longtime member of the TSO first violin section, Michael Fan also composes pieces for children that incorporate original music with re-imagined classic and original stories. Goldilocks, The Ugly Duckling, and The Princess and the Frog have been performed as ballets. Dr. Solara and The Fossil Fools and Phoebe the Photon were played at the Aspen Science Festival. The Little Fiddle, written for the TSO Piano Trio, is available on the album, New Kids Classics, along with Beethoven’s Mouse. Other composing projects include film music for the eco-western Patagonia Treasure Trail.
Michael plays music in a wide variety of genres, including klezmer, tango, and jazz. In 2019, he performed as part of the Tucson Jazz Festival with the band No Fiction and for the 50th anniversary celebration of the honky-tonk band Dusty Chaps.