Born in Moscow, Mikhail Spivak began studying violin at the age of six with S. Bezrodny. He continued on with M. Roussin and I. Oistrakh. He completed his studies at the Gnessin State Musical College and Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in 1994 and with post-graduate study in 1996 at the top of his class. Between 1996 and 1997, he perfected his mastery with I. Oistrakh at Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel.
In 1991, he won the Rameau International Violin Competition in France and received the P. Sarasate diploma (Pamplona, Spain).
From 1992 to 1994, he was the Concertmaster for Russian National Youth Symphony Orchestra in Moscow. Starting in 1993, he became professor at Gnessin in Moscow. In December 1994, he was invited to join the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, conducted by V. Spivakov, performing in the best auditoriums in the world.
He would also form a duet called Dúo Miris with pianist Irina Musatova that year. This duet gives chamber music recitals throughout Europe, participating in festivals in France, Austria and Spain. He has also recorded works by Brahms, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Medtner, Rimsky-Korsakov, Taneyev and Stravinsky with El cuento de la música Rusa.
In 2004, Sonus Ensemble came into being. The Sonus Ensemble’s versatility in their use of instruments by makes it possible for them to perform a repertoire replete with possibilities. The group took their first steps at Martes Musicales de Vitoria (Spain). From 2005 to 2007, he performed at the Festival de Verano de Oviedo as well as at the Ciclo Internacional de Música XIV in Guadix.
From 2004 to 2006, he was 1st violin in the Moscow Virtuosi quartet.
Since 2006, he has been a member of the St. Petersburg Trio and 1st violin in the SASS quartet.
As a soloist, his performance of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with the Moscow Virtuosi, Violin Concerto No. 1 by S. Prokofiev, Tzigane by M. Ravel with Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Oviedo, Violin Concerto by J. Brahms and Concerto Grosso No. 1 by A. Schnittke with Ars Mundi are worthy of special note.
He has been violin co-principal for the Oviedo Filarmonia since 1999. He has also been a member of the Orquestra de la Comunidad Valenciana since 2011 under the batons of Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Chailly. He joined the Arteunita Ensemble in 2012. As a soloist, in 2013, he performed The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, The Soldier’s Tale by Stravinsky, five pieces by Tchaikovsky, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor with the Master Chamber Players of Valencia.
Since 2015, he has participated as violin professor in the Venta del Moro Festival in Valencia and gave master classes and concerts as a soloist with the orchestra in Mexico in 2017. He as played J. Brahms’ Concerto for violin and orchestra as a soloist en Moscow and in Castellón (Valencia, Spain), and Souvenir d’un lieu cher, op.42 by P. Tchaikovsky with Orquesta Reino de Aragón.