Mikhail Mering was born in Moscow in 1991. He studied clarinet with Ivan Mozgovenko at the Moscow State Institute of Music A G Schnittke, and completed formal studies at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Versailles with Philippe Cuper, where he graduated with the highest honours. From 2016, he has been studying conducting with Vladimir Ponkin. In 2018, he graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Since 2015, Mering has been playing second clarinet and solo E-flat clarinet at the prestigious Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra. He has performed as a clarinettist in many prestigious halls in Russia, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Spain, Serbia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Japan, Denmark, Israel, USA, France etc. He has won 1st Prize at the 1st Béla Kovács International Clarinet Competition, 3rd Prize at the 2nd Jacques Lancelot International Clarinet Competition, and was the winner of the 3rd Moscow Conservatory International Woodwind Instruments Competition (2nd and Special Prize; 1st Prize not awarded).
As a conductor, Mering has performed with such famous orchestras as Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Novaya Opera Orchestra etc. In the 2014/2015 season, he was Assistant Conductor of the Kostroma Symphony orchestra. Since 2019, he has been a conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre Chamber Orchestra and Bolshoi Theatre Wind Scene Orchestra. In February 2022, he assisted Evan Rogister (Principal Conductor of Washington National Opera) in a joint production by the Bolshoi Theatre and Metropolitan Opera of the opera Lohengrin by Richard Wagner. In June 2022, he made his début on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre as a conductor in Mozart’s opera Der Schauspieldirektor and Pimpinone by Telemann.
In 2021, Mering was a semi-finalist of the Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting. He is also a laureate of the “Triumph” National Award in Russia.