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Michael Brown  “held the spotlight” and has been hailed as a “vividly characterized…free-spirited” pianist by The New York Times. Noted for his “great confidence and rhythmic flair” by Gramophone, Brown is the First Prize Winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. An equally committed pianist and composer, Mr. Brown’s unique artistry stems from this duality and is reflected in his creative approach to programming, where he often interweaves the classics with contemporary works and his own compositions.Mr. Brown has appeared on four continents and performed at major venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at Alice Tully Hall as a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra under New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert. He began 2011-12 as the soloist for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in the New Haven Symphony’s opening night concert and was a participating artist at the 2011 Marlboro Music Festival, where he returns for summer 2012.

He had two solo recitals in NYC in April 2012: a debut concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; and at Alice Tully Hall as winner of the 2012 Juilliard William Petschek Piano Debut Recital Award. Other solo recitals in 2011-12 are the Gilmore Festival’s Rising Stars Series, Market Square Concerts, Bay Chamber Concerts and Chamber Music Society of Little Rock.

As a composer, Mr. Brown’s work has been described as “intriguing” by The Washington Post and accolades include the 2011 Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Award and the 2009 Palmer-Dixon Prize from Juilliard. Pianist Orion Weiss premiered Mr. Brown’s Constellations and Toccata at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in January 2012, and Mr. Brown plays the work this season at Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls. His compositions have been performed at the Tanglewood Music Festival, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Bargemusic and the Curtis Institute, among others. He was the 2008 Composer-in-Residence for Pianofest in the Hamptons where he was commissioned for the Festival’s 20th Season. He is a member of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).

Michael Brown recently recorded his debut solo CD which features works by Beethoven, Debussy and Schubert and is set for release on CAG Records later this year. Upcoming CD projects are an all-Schubert disc for Naxos and a recording of solo piano works by George Perle for Bridge Records.

In 2011-12 Mr. Brown collaborates with the Linden String Quartet at the Krannert Center and Purdue University Convocations and with violinist Elena Urioste in a US tour that stops in Chicago, Tucson and Phoenix. He plays regularly with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and participates in the 2012 Winter Residency at Music@Menlo.  He recently toured with “Musicians from Ravinia” and violinist Miriam Fried with performances on Ravinia’s Rising Stars Series and at the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston. He was the featured American pianist at the Kyoto International Music Festival in Japan and has made other festival appearances at Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, Music@Menlo, Steans Institute at Ravinia and the Beijing International Music Festival.

A native of Long Island, Michael Brown earned dual Bachelor and Master of Music 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 Mitsuko Uchida, Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Pamela Frank, Adam Kent and Richard Goode.

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