Music at Oakmont presents pianist Michael Brown
Thursday October 17th 2019 -
Award-winning classical pianist Michael Brown is returning to Oakmont for a solo recital on Oct. 17, at 1:30 p.m. in Oakmont’s Berger Center. The New York Times has hailed him as “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers.”
Winner of the 2018 Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Brown has soloed with major U.S. symphonies and has given recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and Caramoor. He is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performing frequently at Alice Tully Hall and other prestigious venues. András Schiff selected Brown for a tour that included solo debuts in Berlin, Milan, Florence, Zurich and New York. Performing regularly with his longtime duo partner, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, Brown has appeared as soloist and collaborator at such festivals as Tanglewood, Marlboro, Music@M.nlo, Gilmore, Ravinia, Saratoga, Bridgehampton, Bard, Sedona, Moab, and Tippet Rise.
Brown’s Concerto for Piano and Strings will be premiered in 2020 at the Gilmore Festival as well as in Poland. He was Composer and Artist-in-Residence at the New Haven Symphony for the 2017-19 seasons, and a 2018 Copland House Residency Award recipient. A prolific recording artist, he plans a multi-year project to record the complete piano works of Felix Mendelssohn.
Brown was First Prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition; a winner of the Bowers Residency from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; and a recipient of the Juilliard Petschek Award. He earned dual bachelor’s and master’s degrees (piano and composition) from The Juilliard School, and is a Steinway Artist. His splendidly varied program at Oakmont includes works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Bartók, Ravel, and Liszt, as well as two of his own compositions.