“one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers.” -New York Times
Pianist-composer Michael Brown, winner of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, has been described by the New York Times as “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers.” In 2017-18, he tours a program commemorating Leonard Bernstein’s centennial as well as a duo recital with cellist Nicholas Canellakis, including a performance at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Selected by Sir András Schiff for his Building Bridges in 2016-17, he made debut solo recitals across Europe and at New York’s 92nd Street Y. Recent concerto debuts include performances with the Seattle, North Carolina, Erie, New Haven, Albany, Maryland, and New York Youth Symphony Orchestras. He will be featured as soloist with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot in an upcoming release of Messiaen's music and as soloist with the Brandenburg State Symphony in a world premiere recording of Samuel Adler's First Piano Concerto. As a composer, he is in residence with the New Haven Symphony for the 2017-19 seasons and other commissions include works for the Maryland Symphony, the Look & Listen Festival, and a work for a consortium of gardens around the U.S. A native New Yorker, Mr. Brown 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. He is the First Prize winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, a Steinway Artist, and a member of CMS Two.