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Monterey Symphony, Sunset Centre, Carmel, CA - I can’t remember when I have enjoyed a performance of a Mozart piano concerto as much as I did the dazzling, charming performance we heard last night by 20-year-old Michael Davidman, a student at the Curtis Institute of Music. We heard Davidman in a performance of Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467. Davidman made it all look very easy, which, of course, it is not. Davidman’s technique is so beautifully controlled you were never aware of the inherent difficulties he was overcoming. This was music making au natural. He made the concerto sound fresh and spontaneous, he made the lyricism of the Andante movement sweet and seductive, and he performed the Presto final movement (with its spirited dialogs back and forth between the orchestra and piano) so magnificently it brought the audience to its feet with wild applause. Davidman rewarded the audience with one encore — his own arrangement, improvised on the spot, of the aria Vissi d’arte from Puccini’s Tosca.

                                                                                       Peninsula Reviews, Lyn Bronson (2018)


Included in the mix was the standout twenty year-old Michael Davidman who studies at the Curtis Institute – a talent to watch. His account of Rachmaninoff’s complex and quirky sonata Op. 36 (1931 version) was electrifying for its sweeping yet refined sentimentality and pyrotechnical prowess of which he tossed off fiendishly difficult passagework with great finesse – and a few gasps were even heard from the spellbound audience.

        The Music Academy of the West - Jerome Lowenthal masterclass - Miroirs CA, The Classical Music Journal

                                                                                                                                                                                     Leonne Lewis (2017)

   
"...emphasized by a high level of playing and the incredible facility of pianist Michael Davidman" -  Curtis Symphony performance, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia Inquirer Daily News - Peter Dobrin (2016)

                                                                                         

"This is a young musician who is already an artist”  Classical Music Guide Reviews - Donald Isler (2014)

“You  play beautifully and technically brilliant ”  -   Lang Lang (2010)


Referencing Davidman & Waarts “11-year-old prodigies and I rarely apply that term and never loosely ”                      San Mateo Journal- Keith Kreitman, Music@Menlo (2008)


     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 conducting with David Gilbert 2013-2015. Michael is presently studying piano with Robert McDonald at Curtis Institute of Music since fall 2015, having been awarded the Gay Elliot Scott Annual Fellowship.    

   

      Michael is also an avid opera enthusiast, exceptional sight reader, chamber player, and accompanist. Some of his first place awards include: Grand Prize LISMA Foundation Ninth International Music Competition in the 17-23 year old category at age 15, 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 at the Summit Music Festival, first place winner  in the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Concerto Competition in all three age categories (2008, 2010, 2014), and Grand Prize in the 2009 Wagner College Young Musician’s Competition. 

 

     He recently 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.


     As soloist, Michael has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Monterey Symphony, Symphonicity, 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, the International Academy of Music in Italy  and Russia.


     Has appeared on WHYY "On Stage at Curtis", NPR’s “From the Top” radio program, McGraw-Hill Young Artist Showcase (The Robert Sherman Show) WQXR, and was selected to perform in the 2010 Lang Lang master class at the Manhattan School of Music. 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.

       

     Michael attends the opera regularly, and enjoys accompanying opera singers.


     Note: (To download Michael's Full Biography, go to the PRESS KIT tab at top right). 

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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

MICHAEL DAVIDMAN







  


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