Short Bio


      Michael started piano at age five in Greenwich House Music School , then from 2005-2015 piano performance with Efrem Briskin  at Manhattan School of Music precollege and conducting in the college division from 2013-2015. He completed his Bachelor’s degree with Robert McDonald at The Curtis Institute of Music and in the fall of 2019, Michael began his Master of Music degree  studies at The  Juilliard School under the guidance of Jerome Lowenthal and Stephen Hough.  


     Some of his first place awards include: The 2019 Gina Bachauer Piano Scholarship Competition at Juilliard, Ninth NYIPC 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 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, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Millikin-Decatur Symphony, West Point Orchestra, Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Philharmonic Orchestra, Ithaca College Orchestra, Summit Music Festival Orchestra, Bronx Arts Ensemble Orchestra, Doctors Orchestra of NY,  Music@Menlo’s Chamber Music Festival, Yale’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Academy of the West Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, 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, awarded Gina Bachauer and Theodora J. Nichols Piano Scholarships from Juilliard and from The Manhattan School of Music: The Constance Keene Piano Award, Rosetta Goodkind Scholarship, and The Dianne Danese Flagello Scholarship.  


     He has appeared on Philadelphia WHYY "On Stage at Curtis", NPR’s “From the Top” and has been a frequent performer on New York WQXR’s “Young Artist Showcase” with host Robert Sherman. Michael has performed at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Sandler Center, Field Concert Hall, The Music Shed, Hahn Hall, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, DiMenna Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Steinway Hall, Bechstein Hall and recitals in Italy, Spain, and Russia.


     An opera enthusiast, Michael has accompanied opera singers since early childhood during opera night at a local New York City restaurant and enjoys sharing historical opera recordings on his YouTube channel with many subscribers.




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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: Mazurka in F minor, op. 68, no. 4
Chopin: Mazurka in A minor
Chopin: Andante spianato et grand polonaise brillante, Op. 22
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
Chopin: Mazurka in A minor, op. 67, no. 4
Puccini: Tosca: "Vissi d'Arte"
Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467
Granados: Goyescas: Los Requiebros
Franck: Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, M 7
Haydn: Sonata for Keyboard no 33 in C minor, H 16 no 20
Bach: Prelude and Fugue no 3 in C sharp major, BWV 848
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Rachmaninov: Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36
Granados: Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11
Chopin: Etude Op.25, No. 11 "Winter Wind"



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