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Michael Brown has been described as “one of the most refined of all pianist-composers” (International Piano) and “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers” (The New York Times). His unique artistry is reflected in his creative approach to programming, which often interweaves the classics and his own compositions.

Winner of a 2018 Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Brown has recently performed as soloist with the Seattle, Grand Rapids, North Carolina, Maryland and Albany symphony orchestras, and in recital at Carnegie Hall, Caramoor, the Smithsonian, and the Gilmore Festival. Upcoming debuts include Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 (“The Age of Anxiety”) with the National Philharmonic and Brown’s own new Piano Concerto with the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra in Wroclaw, Poland in 2020. He was selected by András Schiff to perform on an international solo tour, making debuts in Berlin, Milan, Florence, Zurich’s Tonhalle, and New York’s 92nd Street Y.

Brown is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performing frequently at Alice Tully Hall and on tour, and is a former member of CMS Two. He regularly performs recitals with his longtime duo partner, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, and has appeared at numerous festivals including Tanglewood, Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Ravinia, Saratoga, Bridgehampton, Bard, Sedona, Moab, and Tippet Rise.

A prolific recording artist, Brown can be heard as soloist with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot in music by Messiaen, and as soloist with the Brandenburg State Symphony in Samuel Adler’s First Piano Concerto. Other albums include an April 2018 release of Mendelssohn and Beethoven on First Hand Records; an all-George Perle CD; a debut solo recording; and collaborative albums with pianist Jerome Lowenthal, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, and violinist Elena Urioste.

For the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, Brown was named Composer and Artist-in-Residence at the New Haven Symphony, which will premiere his newly commissioned symphony. A 2018 Copland House Residency Award recipient, he has received commissions from the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä, Shriver Hall, and Bargemusic; pianists Adam Golka, Roman Rabinovich, and Orion Weiss; and a consortium of gardens including Wave Hill, Longwood, and Desert Botanical.

Brown was First Prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and a recipient of the Juilliard Petschek Award, and is a Steinway Artist. He earned dual bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano and composition from The Juilliard School, where he studied with pianists Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald and composers Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. Additional mentors have included András Schiff and Richard Goode as well as his early teachers, Herbert Rothgarber and Adam Kent.

A native New Yorker, he lives there with his two 19th century Steinway D’s, Octavia and Daria.

For more information, visit michaelbrownmusic.com.

Michael Brown is represented worldwide by Manhattan-based Sciolino Artist Management, www.samnyc.us.

August 2018

Do not make any alterations to this biography. Concert presenters and other interested parties may obtain an updated and/or abridged version by contacting Chester Lane, Director of Communications at Sciolino Artist Management, chester@samnyc.us.

 

 

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