Michael Schneider was born in Annaberg-Buchholz and was a student at the Special School of Music in Weimar. He studied horn at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Weimer and was deputy principal horn of the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra from 1992-1996. Since 1997 he has been engaged as Coordinated Principal Horn with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist he has played with the Vogtland Philharmonic Orchestra Greiz/Reichenbach, the Landeskapelle Eisenach, the Thuringia Philharmonic Orchestra Gotha, the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. He has produced several CDs with the Mozart Sextet Weimar and the Dresden Wind Quintet.