Tiago Michelin's musical journey began when his parents met at the Berklee College of Music, and as a toddler he was a fixture at their rehearsals and gigs, Jazz and South American music constantly on rotation at home. At the age of 3, he received a dilapidated drum set from his father, pianist Nando Michelin, and this became his first substitute for the pots and pans at home.
Raised in Brazil, he learned how to play traditional Brazilian percussion through capoeira lessons in school, while continuing his drum set studies at ProArte music school in Rio de Janeiro. By fifteen, he knew music was his calling, and began performing in Nando's band, in addition to attending the New England Conservatory preparatory school with a full scholarship. Around this time, he began studying with Boston guru, the late Bob Gullotti, at 17, until the end of college. At eighteen, he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, and in 2015, graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Performance. There he also studied with late Ralph Peterson.
Since then Tiago has relocated to Brooklyn, NY, where he continues to teach, accompany modern dance classes with electronic drums, and perform. He also is the regular drummer for Eliane Elias and Marc Johnson trio, performing internationally at jazz venues and festivals. Other employers and mentors he’s performed and recorded with include Chico Pinheiro, Kenny Werner, Sean Jones, Steve Wilson, Bruce Harris, Hugo Fattoruso, Guillermo Klein, Jeff Ballard, Leo Blanco, Ebinho Cardoso, Esperanza Spalding, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, among countless more.