Mikaele was born in France and raised near Paris. Prior to coming to the United States, she was a music teacher and professional cellist playing in the Paris Symphony and toured the world with leading French musical artists, including Charles Asnavour . Born into a musical family, Mikaele began the piano at age five and the cello at age seven. Her father, Christian Gouinguene, is a composer, an organist for several cathedrals in Paris, and was the music director for 35 years at a music school he founded in Meudon, France. Her mother, Francoise Gouinguene, also a music teacher and professional musician, plays with the R.S.O. when she visits the U.S.
Mikaele studied at the Nationale Academy of Music of Meudon, winning four gold medals along the way, then entered the National academy of Music of Paris in cello where she won the 1st prix de Paris en classe de violoncelle et de musique de chamber.
She currently teaches cello privately and for the Center Grove school system and plays with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. She lives in Greenwood Indiana with her husband Bruce, a director for a medical device company, her
daughter Marie, a film school student at l’Université Diderot in Paris, her golden retriever named Paris, and cats Aristo and Dior.