Michael Snyman was born in Rustenburg, South Africa in 1966.
From 1971 to 1988 he studied in South Africa and received a scholarship from Michigan, USA. Parallel to his university studies he attended master classes given by Dorothy DeLay (Juilliard School, New York). From 1988 he studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Prof. Gerhard Schulz.
Michael Snyman has been a member of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1988, initially as first violin and since 2003 as principal first violin.