Michael Tree (born Michael Applebaum; February 19, 1934 – March 30, 2018) was an American violist. He was born in Newark, New Jersey. He played a circa 1750 Domenicus Busan viola from Venice, Italy. Tree played on a viola made by mid 20th-century luthier Harvey Fairbanks of Binghamton, New York.
Tree appeared as violin and viola soloist with major orchestras, including the Philadelphia, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and New Jersey. He was a founding member of the Marlboro Trio and Guarneri Quartet.
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- Arnold Steinhardt (1998). Indivisible by Four: A String Quartet in Pursuit of Harmony, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. . p132: "… [Michael] was playing on a brand-new instrument made by a relatively obscure maker, one Harvey Fairbanks from Binghamton, New York."
- Smith, Harrison (1 April 2018). "Michael Tree, violist who co-founded the influential Guarneri Quartet, dies at 84". Washington Post. Retrieved 2 April 2018.