At the age of 22 Mike Zonshine joined the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra as its Principal Trumpet Player-a job he held for almost a decade when the orchestra ceased operations.
Mike has studied at Boston University, at the Eastman School of Music, and at the University of Southern California. Also, Mike was twice a part of the Tanglewood Music Center's famed fellowship program-once winning the Voisin Trumpet Award.
As a teacher Mike has taught extensively: He co-founded the University of Hawaii Trumpet Ensemble, which soon became an ensemble that involved the entire trumpet community of the island of Oahu. Performers in this ensemble included high school students, university students, amateur musicians, and professional musicians. Mike also taught for five summers at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute where he was the brass coach for the Young Artist's Orchestra. Also, as a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician, Mike has given many recitals and masterclasses at many of the top music institutions in the US as well as countless masterclasses for high school/middle school band programs.
Mike has recently been appointed as the Trumpet Professor at Cal Poly Pomona and maintains an active performing career.