Short Bio


     Born in New York City in 1997, Michael started piano lessons at five years old at Greenwich House Music School, then from 2005-2015 piano performance with Efrem Briskin  at Manhattan School of Music, conducting with Jonathan Strasser 2009-2015, and with David Gilbert 2013-2015. Michael completed his Bachelors degree with Robert McDonald at Curtis Institute of Music and will be studying for his Masters degree at the Juilliard School with Jerome Lowenthal and Stephen Hough.        


      Some of his first place awards include: The 2019 Gina Bachauer International Piano Scholarship Competition at Juilliard, Ninth New York International Piano Competition; Melvin Stecher/Norman Horowitz First Prize Chamber Music Ensemble, Grand Prize LISMA Foundation Ninth International Music Competition, first prizes in both Solo and Concerto in the 33rd Ithaca College of Music Piano Competition, 2012 Yonkers Philharmonic Concerto Competition, 2011 Mary Smart International Concerto Competition, first place winner  Manhattan School of Music Precollege Concerto Competition in all three age categories (2008, 2010, 2014), Grand Prize in the 2009 Wagner College Young Musician’s Competition and was selected by Lang Lang's management to  to perform in the 2010 Lang Lang master class at the Manhattan School of Music.  


     As soloist, Michael has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Monterey Symphony, Symphonicity, Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Philharmonic Orchestra, West Point Orchestra, Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, Ithaca College Orchestra, Summit Music Festival Orchestra, Bronx Arts Ensemble Orchestra, Doctors Orchestra, NY Chamber Orchestra, and chamber music with Music@Menlo’s Chamber Music Festival, Academy of the West Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, InterSchool Orchestras of NY, Symphony in C, Burgos International Music Festival in Spain and the International Academy of Music in Italy  and Russia. 

    Michael  completed the four year scholarship program with The Chopin Foundation of the United States and also received scholarships from the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation, LISMA Foundation, Constance Keene Piano Award, Rosetta Goodkind Scholarship, Williams Chorale,  and the Dianne Danese Flagello Scholarship.

     He has appeared on WHYY "On Stage at Curtis", NPR’s “From the Top” radio program, and the McGraw-Hill Young Artist Showcase (The Robert Sherman Show) WQXR. Michael has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center, Sandler Center, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, DiMenna Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Steinway Hall, Bechstein Hall, also recitals in Italy, Spain, and Russia.


     An  opera enthusiast from a very young age, Michael uploads historical opera recordings to his YouTube channel and shares them with many subscribers. He has been accompanying opera singers since early childhood on opera night at a New York City restaurant and still does this on occasion.   

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Chopin: Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31
Chopin: Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, op. 48, No. 1
Chopin: Nocturne in D flat major, op. 27, no. 2
Chopin: Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante"
Chopin: Prelude No 18 in F Minor, Op. 28
Chopin: Prelude No. 19 in E-flat major, op. 28
Chopin: Mazurka in F minor, op. 68, no. 4
Chopin: Mazurka in A minor
Chopin: Andante spianato et grand polonaise brillante, Op. 22
Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
Liszt: Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz no 1 for Piano, S 514 "Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke"
Liszt: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Liszt: Grand Bravura Fantasia on Paganini's "La Campanella", S 420
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Granados: Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Chopin: Mazurka in A minor, op. 67, no. 4
Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux"
Bach: Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in D minor, BWV 875, WTC II
Puccini: Tosca: "Vissi d'Arte"
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467



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