About Saint Mike

Established in 2007, the Saint Michael Trio is hailed as Silicon Valley's update to the staid world of classical music. Rising quickly to prominence, the artists (Daniel Cher, Russell Hancock, Michel Flexer) receive consistent praise for making their concerts interesting, accessible, and oftentimes funny. In addition to the classical masterworks, they perform jazz and even rock tunes, and their hallmark is mixing all of it in the same concert.

In 2008 Saint Mike was named artists-in-residence at Menlo College, where they quickly outgrew the auditorium and established a rabid fan base. In 2010 they became affiliated artists at Notre Dame de Namur University and were installed as anchors in the Villa Chamber Series at Montalvo Arts Center. In 2012 they began a partnership with Stanford University, appearing to sold-out crowds at Dinkelspiel Auditorium where they deliver their trademark "informances" exploring classical composers in depth.

The group has become the subject of considerable notoriety because all three artists maintain thriving careers in the private sector:

  • Violinist DANIEL CHER won the undergraduate music prize at Stanford University and his concerto appearances include the Orchestra New England and the New Haven Symphony. A medical doctor, he designs and implements clinical trials for Bay Area medical device companies. He enjoys road-biking and is doing the AIDS Lifecycle ride in June 2017.
  • Cellist MICHEL FLEXER studied with Irene Sharp and performed with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra; while a student at Harvard he studied with Bernard Greenhouse at the New England Conservatory. A software engineer and a serial entrepreneur, he has worked recently with Siebel Systems, C3, and Duck Duck Moose.

  • Pianist RUSSELL HANCOCK has appeared as concerto soloist with symphonies throughout the United States and his worldwide appearances include recitals from Taipei to Tapachula, Mexico. A member of the public policy faculty at Stanford, by day he is President & CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley.