Mike Forfia is a native of Akron, Ohio and currently resides in Rochester, New York. He earned a bachelor of music degree from the University of Akron in 2012 and is currently pursuing an master’s of music in jazz double bass performance and contemporary media at the Eastman School of Music.
Forfia is a product of the varied and vibrant music scene in northeast Ohio. Equally at home on upright and electric bass, his musical experiences have led him to perform in settings from free-jazz improvisation to sight-reading with national tours of Broadway musicals and many things in between.
Notable performances and professional associations include a 2011 tour with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the touring cast of Wicked, the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, violinist Christian Howes, and various recording and sideman projects.
Mike Forfia was the 1st prize winner of the 2015 International Society of Bassists Scott LaFaro Jazz Bass competition, and a finalist in the 2013 Airmen of Note jazz bass audition. He began his studies at Eastman in the fall of 2014 as a graduate teaching assistant, where he is a candidate for the Arts Leadership Certificate as well as the programming director and producer of the Jazz@Eastman: Past, Present, and Future radio program, and administrator of the Eastman Gig Service.