Michael Benoit was born in 1975 and raised in Northeastern Massachusetts. He began studying piano at the age of ten, covering a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach to Joplin to Bartok. A solid foundation in music theory and ear training coupled with a burning desire to write his own music prompted his foray into the world of composition at a young age. Michael went on to study composing at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1993, where he was mentored by such prominent composers as Robert Stern, Salvatorre Macchia, and Charles Bestor. Since completing his education in 1998, he has continued his endeavors as a successful composer. His memberships in ASCAP, the Independent Feature Project (IFP), and the Film Music Network have led him to score a number of films and commercials. In addition to his independent work, he has also worked extensively with other prolific composers, such as Robert Miller (RMI Music), Steve Horowitz (The Code International), and Loren Toolajian (Sandblast Productions). Michael is currently working on several projects including television commercials, an independent feature film, and several MTV shows. He has also been doing extensive work in the mobile audio space, where he produces original music for mobile games and ring tones for major mobile phone manufacturers like Sony-Ericsson and Motorola.