As a composer, Michael has written music for concert, film, dance and the other new media. Actively involved with new technology in sound and music, Michael is one of this country’s leading producers of creative electro-acoustic music, both for his own works and in collaboration with other composers. To date he can be heard on over forty recordings, including four solo discs: the critically acclaimed Spasm, 1985, Ten Children, which garnered a "Parenting Pick" award in Parenting Magazine's music listing for 2004, and his newest, Fade.
In 1989, Michael was the recipient of a Fulbright grant to study in Amsterdam, and in 1991 was the top prizewinner at the International Gaudeamus Competition in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, he received further training from the Eastman School of Music (BM, Performer’s Certificate), the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam (Artist’s Certificate), and the State University of New York at Stony Brook (MM, DMA), studying clarinet and bass clarinet with Charles Neidich, Harry Sparnaay, Richard MacDowell and John Bruce Yeh, and composition with Daniel Weymouth. Michael has served on the faculties of the Juilliard School and New York University, and travels regularly as a guest lecturer at universities around the country. He is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music's brand-new, ground breaking Graduate Program in Contemporary Performance.
Lowenstern is also an award-winning web designer and enjoys a second career as the Director of Rich Media Development for MRM Worldwide in New York City, having designed and produced both online and offline advertising for clients such as Maybelline, Warner Brothers, Intel and Wendy’s, among many others. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, clarinetist Katherine Cooke, and daughter Ariel.