Mike began studying piano at the age of 5, competing in classical piano competitions throughout his childhood. He began playing guitar and drums, composing, singing, and playing in bands at age 12. Since then he has performed over 1000 shows across North America and Europe in groups ranging from rock, pop, and metal to classical, Celtic, Latin, and jazz.
He began teaching at age 14, starting with his neighbors, and developed an early passion for teaching and bringing music to his community. By age 18 he was fully booked with students in his hometown of Prince Rupert before leaving to Vancouver, BC for music school. Having taught over 250 students in his 21 years of teaching, Mike can have complete beginner's performing a song by the first lesson, can quickly help advanced players master challenging repertoire, and can contribute a ton of creative ideas to students' songwriting and performance of original or cover songs.
Mike has obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition from the University of British Columbia, a Performer’s ARCT Diploma in piano from The Royal Conservatory of Music, and a Piano Diploma from Capilano University.
Mike performs over 130 shows a year throughout North America as lead singer-guitarist for Celtic-gypsy-rock group The Whiskeydicks, as a solo singer-guitarist-pianist, with LA's We The Folk, and as the pianist-guitarist-arranger for classical crossover group Vivace. He is also the founder, lead singer, guitarist, pianist, and composer for his own symphonic-rock-fusion project, The Living, who have just released their 4th album to critical acclaim.
Love has brought Mike to Mid City, Los Angeles, to be with his wife and their two great danes, Mo and Lily (yes, lessons are dog-friendly!)
"...guitarist/keyboardist Mike Bell pulls down some mad double-duty...vocal dexterity displayed throughout...Bell’s fluid lead vocals...pull off what is one of the harder classic-rock sounds to cover" - Stuart Derdeyn, The Vancouver Sun
For more about Mike's music career and tour schedule, visit mikebellmusic.com