Michael James Smith
Born in Davis, CA, Michael is a former pianist at Ensemble Connect, Carnegie Hall and Juilliard’s chamber music fellowship. Michael has performed throughout the United States and Europe at a variety of venues, including Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Steinway Hall, Bernard Haitink Hall, Merkin Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall and the Mondavi Center. He has appeared at festivals including Music@Menlo, Tanglewood and Norfolk and holds a doctorate from Stony Brook University under Gilbert Kalish. An advocate of contemporary music, Michael has worked with Kaija Saariaho, Marc Neikurg, Steven Mackey and Martin Bresnick and has premiered works by major American composers such as Meredith Monk and Stacy Garrup.