Michael Stephen Brown has been hailed by The New York Times as “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers.” His artistry is shaped by his creative voice as a pianist and composer, praised for his “fearless performances” (The New York Times) and “exceptionally beautiful” compositions (The Washington Post).
Winner of a 2018 Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Mr. Brown has recently performed as soloist with the Seattle Symphony, the National Philharmonic, and the Grand Rapids, North Carolina, New Haven, and Albany symphonies; and in recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and Caramoor. He is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performing frequently at Alice Tully Hall and on tour. Mr. Brown was selected by András Schiff to perform on an international tour making solo debuts in Berlin, Milan, Florence, Zurich’s Tonhalle, and New York’s 92nd Street Y. He regularly performs recitals with his longtime duo partner, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, and has appeared at numerous festivals including Tanglewood, Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Gilmore, Ravinia, Saratoga, Bridgehampton, Bard, Sedona, Moab, and Tippet Rise.
Mr. Brown was Composer and Artist-in-Residence at the New Haven Symphony Orchestra for the 2017-19 seasons, and is a recent recipient of a Copland House Residency Award. His Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Strings, composed at Copland House in 2020 and co-commissioned by the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and Poland’s NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra, will be premiered by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra under Julian Kuerti in April 2021, with Mr. Brown as soloist. He has also received commissions from the New Haven and Maryland symphony orchestras, Concert Artists Guild, and Shriver Hall; Osmo Vänskä and Erin Keefe; pianists Jerome Lowenthal, Ursula Oppens, Orion Weiss, Adam Golka, and Roman Rabinovich; and a consortium of gardens.
He is a prolific recording artist whose latest solo album is Noctuelles, a First Hand Records release featuring Ravel’s Miroirs and Nikolai Medtner’s Second Improvisation, the latter work including two movements newly discovered by Mr. Brown and previously unrecorded. His discography with orchestra includes appearances as soloist with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot, and with the Brandenburg State Symphony in Samuel Adler’s First Piano Concerto. Other albums include music of Mendelssohn and Beethoven on First Hand Records; an all-George Perle CD; and collaborative albums with pianist Jerome Lowenthal, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, and violinist Elena Urioste. He has plans to embark on a multi-year project to record the complete piano music of Felix Mendelssohn.
A Steinway Artist, Mr. Brown was First Prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, a winner of the Bowers Residency (formerly known as CMS Two) at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and a recipient of the Juilliard Petschek Award. 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 pianos, Octavia and Daria.
Mr. Brown is represented worldwide by New York-based Sciolino Artist Management.
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