Adjunct Assistant Professor, Piano
Praised in The New York Times as a "young piano visionary" with "powerful technique and a vivid imagination," pianist Michael Brown is the First Prize Winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and the winner of Juilliard's William Petschek Piano Recital Award. Brown is an equally dedicated composer whose unique artistry is reflected in a creative approach to programming, where he often interweaves the classics with contemporary works and his own compositions. He has appeared on four continents, in such major venues as Carnegie Hall, New York's Avery Fisher Hall and Wigmore Hall in London. His recent schedule has included a Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium debut with the New York Youth Symphony; recitals at Dame Myra Hess Concerts in Chicago, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Gilmore Festival's Rising Stars Series; and performances at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Caramoor, Moab, Mostly Mozart, Music@Menlo, Beijing International and Kyoto International music festivals. His debut solo CD, featuring works by Schubert, Debussy, and Brown, was released on CAG Records in fall 2012. Upcoming CD projects are an all-Schubert disc for Naxos; a recording of solo piano works by George Perle for Bridge Records; and a four-hand album with pianist Jerome Lowenthal for CAG Records.
A native New Yorker, Brown began his piano studies at age six with Herbert Rothgarber and later studied with Adam Kent. 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. He is a two-time winner of The Juilliard School's Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and received the Raeburn Award for Artist of Special Promise from the 2009 Honens International Piano Competition. He has also worked with violinist Pamela Frank and pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank and Richard Goode.