Mikhail Bugaev is a Russian violist from Novosibirsk, Russia. He received his Doctorate at Michigan State University, studying under Yuri Gandelsman. Prior to his study in the United States, Mikhail received his master’s and bachelor’s degree from Novosibirsk State Conservatoire, where he was a student of Yuri Mazchenko. His awards include first prize at Novosibirsk State Conservatory Competition in 2000, second prize Russia’s International Young Artist Competition in 2001(Krasnoyarsk, Russia), and winner of the MSU Concerto Competition in 2011. Dr. Bugaev holds Assistant Principal positions at West Michigan Symphony, Traverse Symphony; section viola at Lansing, Flint, and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestras. He performed with Minnesota Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony, West Virginia Symphony orchestras. As a soloist, Mikhail performed with Novosibirsk Academic Orchestra, Novosibirsk Kamerata, Livingston Symphony, MSU Symphony, and MSU philharmonic orchestras. As a chamber musician, Mikhail participated at Music Mountain Festival in Connecticut with St. Petersburg Quartet, at Cello Plus Festival at MSU, and has performed in the Lansing Symphony Chamber Series Concerts as a member of Armonia String Quartet. Mikhail has also been active faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp faculty since 2012. With his wife Valentina Shmyreva, also a violist, they formed August Strings, LLC, to provide variety of music services in Michigan. They reside in Lansing, Michigan.