Michael Mizrahi, Michi Wiancko

Michael Mizrahi

Praised as "intrepid" (Philadelphia Inquirer), "engaging" (Houston Chronicle), and "endlessly fascinating" (WQXR New York), pianist Michael Mizrahi has won acclaim for his compelling performances of a wide-ranging repertoire and his ability to connect with audiences of all ages. He has appeared as concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and teaching artist across the United States and abroad.

Mr. Mizrahi has performed in the world’s leading concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Toyko’s Suntory Hall, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Jordan Hall and the Gardner Museum in Boston, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Chicago Cultural Center and Houston’s Jones Hall. He has performed as soloist with major orchestras including the Houston Symphony, National Symphony, Haddonfield Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, and Prince Georges Philharmonic. He has given solo recitals at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and has made repeated appearances on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago. His chamber music festival appearances include Music@Menlo, Verbier, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, and the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival. Mr. Mizrahi won First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the Ima Hogg International Competition, as well as first prizes in the International Bartók-Kabalevsky Competition and the Iowa International Piano Competition. He won third prize in the San Antonio International Piano Competition. Mr. Mizrahi appeared for many years on the active roster of Astral Artists.

An enthusiastic promoter of music education, Mizrahi has presented lecture-recitals and master classes at The American School in Switzerland (TASIS), the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. As a member of Carnegie Hall’s prestigious Academy program and Teaching Artists Collaborative, Mr. Mizrahi spent several hours a week as a teaching artist in New York City public schools.

Dedicated to the music of our time, Mr. Mizrahi has commissioned and given world premieres of several new works for piano and frequently collaborates with composers and instrumentalists in the performance of 21st-century music. He is a founding member of NOW Ensemble, a chamber group devoted to the commissioning and performing of new music by emerging composers. NOW Ensemble released its third album, Dreamfall, to critical acclaim in 2015. Mr. Mizrahi's celebrated recording The Bright Motion, an album of newly commissioned works for solo piano, was released on the New Amsterdam Records label. His music video, also called The Bright Motion, was lauded by National Public Radio and New Yorker music critic Alex Ross.

Mr. Mizrahi was a founding member of the Moët Trio, which performed in major venues across the United States and Canada, and established itself as one of today’s most exciting young piano trios. The Moët Trio completed a two-year residency, the only one of its kind for piano trios, at the New England Conservatory.

Mr. Mizrahi is also a member of Decoda, a chamber ensemble comprised of virtuoso musicians, entrepreneurs, and passionate advocates of the arts. Based in New York City, Decoda creates innovative performances and engaging projects with partners around the world. Mizrahi teaches each summer at the prestigious Decoda Skidmore Chamber Music Institute.

Michael Mizrahi received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, where his concentrations were in music, religion and physics. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Claude Frank. After his Philadelphia debut recital, the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that “…the performance had transparency, revealing a forward-moving logic and chord voices you didn’t previously realize were there…textures were sumptuous.”

Recognized widely for his commitment to artistic excellence, Michael Mizrahi won Lawrence University's Award for Excellence in Creative Activity, and, in 2014, was one of five international recipients of the S&R Foundation's Washington Award.

He is currently Associate Professor of Piano at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin.

For more information, please visit michaelmizrahipiano.com.

Michi Wiancko

Michi Wiancko is an internationally-acclaimed and multi-dimensional violinist, composer, and collaborator, described by Gramophone as an "alluring soloist with heightened expressive and violinistic gifts.” She gave her debut concerto performances with the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, made her NY recital debut in Carnegie’s Weill Hall, and released a solo album of works by Émile Sauret on Naxos. She has performed and toured extensively with a diverse array of today’s leading ensembles and soloists in classical and contemporary music, including Silk Road Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), The Knights, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Musicians from Marlboro, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Jeremy Denk, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and Vijay Iyer.

As a composer, Michi has written an ever-growing body of work for her band, Kono Michi, described by The Strad as “intriguing and exquisitely beautiful…music that breaks through the pop classical barrier.” Her compositions have been commissioned by Ecstatic Music Festival, Liquid Music, Enso Quartet, Sybarite 5, and international violin soloist, Tai Murray. Michi co-composed (as well as performed, recorded, and mixed) the original score of the film The Mend, profiled by Time Magazine as one of the Top 10 films at SXSW. She has worked closely with the indie rock band Wye Oak, re-imagining their songs for electro-acoustic ensemble. She has also arranged for the band EL VY (comprised of Brent Knopf and The National's Matt Berninger), whom she joined for an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Michi’s arrangements have been performed by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Arkansas Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Harvard Chamber Orchestra, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Boston Conservatory Orchestra, and The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Highlights from her current season include a Steve Reich world premiere in Carnegie Hall with ICE, duo concerts with pianist Michael Mizrahi, a collaborative electro-acoustic project with composers William Brittelle, Daniel Wohl, and Missy Mazzoli, and a national tour of a production of the epic Persian love story, Layla and Majnun - a collaboration between Mark Morris Dance Group, Silk Road Ensemble, and one of Azerbaijan’s national treasures, mugham singer Alim Qasimov.

A native of California, Michi shares her time between Manhattan and a small farming community in western Massachusetts called Gill, where she and her husband, composer Judd Greenstein, are creating a music festival and artistic retreat on their 100 acre hilltop home, Antenna Cloud Farm. Michi holds a B.Mus. in performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master’s degree from Juilliard, where she studied with Donald Weilerstein and Robert Mann, respectively.

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