A recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Pianist Michael Brown was also the First Prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the recipient of the Juilliard Petschek Award.
Equally acclaimed as a pianist and composer, Michael Brown has been described as ‘one of the most refined of all pianist-composers’ (International Piano) and ‘one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers’ (The New York Times). A recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Brown regularly makes solo appearances with orchestras such as the Seattle, North Carolina, New Haven, Albany, Flagstaff, and Richardson Symphonies. During the 2016–2017 season, he was selected by pianist Sir András Schiff to perform across the US and Europe, including debut solo recitals in Zurich’s Tonhalle.
A native New Yorker, Brown was the First Prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the recipient of the Juilliard Petschek Award, and is a Steinway Artist. He has performed at Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Wigmore Hall in London, DeSingel in Antwerp, and the Louvre in Paris; and appeared in festivals such as Marlboro, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and Ravinia.
Brown has 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. Additional mentors have included Leon Fleisher and Richard Goode, as well as his early teachers, Herbert Rothgarber and Adam Kent.