Michael Mizrahi


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About Michael Mizrahi



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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 the Houston Symphony, National Symphony, Haddonfield Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, and Prince Georges Philharmonic, among others. 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.

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.

An enthusiastic promoter of music education, Mizrahi has presented lecture-recitals and master classes at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, the University of Redlands, the University of California – San Diego, the American School in Switzerland (TASIS), and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, among many others. As a member of Carnegie Hall’s prestigious Academy program (now Ensemble Connect) and Teaching Artists Collaborative, Mr. Mizrahi spent several years 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 by today’s leading composers, including Missy Mazzoli, Judd Greenstein, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Mark Dancigers, and John Luther Adams. He is a founding member of NOW Ensemble, a chamber group devoted to the commissioning and performing of new music by emerging composers. Mr. Mizrahi's celebrated albums The Bright Motion and Currents, both albums of new solo piano works commissioned by Mizrahi, was released on the New Amsterdam Records label. His popular music videos have been lauded by National Public Radio and New Yorker music critic Alex Ross. Mr. Mizrahi co-directs the New Music @ Lawrence concert series.

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. Mr. Mizrahi teaches each summer at the prestigious Decoda Skidmore Chamber Music Institute. Drawing from his work with Decoda, Mizrahi has worked to foster partnerships between Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music and the surrounding community, and helped found Lawrence’s Music For All project that brings classical chamber music to children and populations who ordinarily do not participate.

Mr. Mizrahi has edited several new editions published by Hal Leonard, including new editions of piano music by Ginastera, Bernstein, and Chopin.

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. As a member of the Moët Trio, Mr. Mizrahi completed a two-year residency, the only one of its kind for piano trios, at the New England Conservatory.

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.”

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

For more information, please visit michaelmizrahipiano.com.

news



3 July 2018



NEW BERNSTEIN EDITION RELEASED

Michael Mizrahi’s new edition of piano music by Leonard Bernstein is out this month.

Published by Hal Leonard, the edition contains sixteen original compositions for solo piano by Leonard Bernstein, released in conjunction with his centennial this year. The newly researched edition contains pieces arranged in ascending order of difficulty, designed for early advanced to advanced pianists.

Mizrahi provides extensive written commentary, new fingerings and interpretive ideas, and created several video "lessons" on the repertoire that can be accessed online using a unique code found inside each book.



11 January 2017

Currents featured among Best Albums of 2016: NPR | textura | Ted Gioia

100 Best Albums of 2016 (all styles, all genres) — Ted Gioia, music critic and historian

A Year of Listening Desperately: 10 Classical Albums that saved 2016 — National Public Radio

Top Albums of 2016 — textura.org



25 March 2016

CURRENTS RELEASED TODAY

Today, Michael Mizrahi’s solo piano album Currents is released on New Amsterdam Records. You can find it on Amazon, iTunes, and Bandcamp.

The album features new piano music by Patrick Burke, Mark Dancigers, Troy Herion, Missy Mazzoli, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Asha Srinivasan. Mizrahi commissioned many of the works on the album.

Album release show: Saturday, March 26, 7 PM at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY. Click here for tickets.

Film: Click here to watch an animated two-minute film featuring music from Troy Herion’s Harpsichords, featured on NPR.

Album of the Week: Currents is album of the week on WQXR. Click here to read the review and stream the album.




21 March 2016

WQXR features Currents as Album of the Week

"This is that rare thing, an album for absolutely everyone, from new-music connoisseurs, to admirers of instrumental virtuosity, to the most casual of classical-music audiences. Hear it, and be moved."




18 March 2016

National Public Radio Features Michael Mizrahi's new music video

Michael Mizrahi’s new music video, directed by Alex Tyson, animated by Eno Swinnen, and featuring music by Troy Herion, has its exclusive premiere on NPR this week. The video comes out a week before his new album Currents is released on March 25.




1 March 2016

Announcing Currents Album Release Tour with Michi Wiancko


Th 3/24 - Chicago (Constellation)
Fri 3/25 - Greenfield, MA (The Arts Block)
Sat 3/26 - Brooklyn, NY (National Sawdust)

I'll be performing new piano works by Missy Mazzoli, Mark Dancigers, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Troy Herion, Mark Dancigers, and Patrick Burke, all from my new album which is released on March 25.

Joining me as a special guest will be acclaimed violinist Michi Wiancko, performing a fascinating and dynamic set of solo violin works by Paula Matthusen, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Christopher Adler, and Andrew Norman. We will join forces to present a special collaborative performance of John Cage's Six Melodies.

Find more information here.




1 February 2016

Announcing Currents, out March 2016; Sample Track, Pre-Ordering available


I am thrilled to officially announce the release of my new album Currents on New Amsterdam Records. The album comes out March 25, 2016, but you can go here now to stream Sarah Kirkland Snider's hauntingly beautiful title track and pre-order the album!

On Saturday, March 26, join me and special guest Michi Wiancko for an album release performance in Brooklyn at National Sawdust. Info and tickets here.

You can view the full Press Release here.



18 August 2015

In the studio


I just finished recording my new solo album at Oktaven Audio just outside New York City. I can't wait to share this amazing repertoire with all of you! The album will feature brand new works by Missy Mazzoli, Troy Herion, Patrick Burke, Asha Srinivasan, Mark Dancigers, and Sarah Kirkland Snider.

The record comes out on New Amsterdam Records in March 2016.






13 May 2015

Michael Mizrahi East Coast Tour: Reviews

"So singular was their approach that you wanted to download the concert immediately - and hope this temporary trio becomes at least semipermanent."
Philadelphia Inquirer, May 5, 2015

"...the duo seemed entirely of one mind and the music was enthralling."
Washington Post, May 12, 2015



22 April 2015

Michael Mizrahi East Coast Tour: New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, DC


I am returning to some of my favorite venues this spring, and I hope to see some of you! I’ll be in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC (in that order) throughout the month of May.

On Friday, May 1, I’ll be returning to Bargemusic, Brooklyn’s acclaimed “floating concert hall” (concerts take place on a barge floating in the East River!). I’ll be playing a recital featuring some old favorites (Beethoven, Bartók) and some new works that I’ll be recording for my next solo album to be released in 2016. You can find details, including information on how to buy tickets, here.

On Sunday, May 3, I’ll be in Philadelphia to perform on Astral Artists’ Center City concert series. I will join forces with my wonderful colleagues Kristin Lee and Clancy Newman for a concert of piano trios by Beethoven, Ravel, and Dan Visconti. More information is here.

On Sunday, May 10 (Mother’s Day!), violinist Kristin Lee and I will give a duo recital at the stunning Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. The Phillips is a beautiful space in which to perform (or attend a concert!), and we are offering a dynamic program of violin/piano duos by Ravel, Beethoven, Webern, and Copland. More information on that concert is here.

Finally, in non-concert news, I'm excited to unveil a new YouTube channel containing some recent live performances, as well as a new media page on my website. Happy spring!



28 January 2015

S&R Washington Award

I am thrilled to have been named one of five international recipients of the S&R Foundation's 2014 Washington Award! As a Washington Award winner, I will perform in a gala concert in Washington, DC on Saturday, May 30, 2015. More details appear in this press release.



27 December 2014


Claude Frank: A Remembrance I met Claude Frank when I was 23, and starting the Master’s program at the Yale School of Music. He was 75. I had come to Yale deeply uncertain about pursuing a career in music. Mr. Frank was a legendary figure at Yale, having taught there for decades. I don’t remember what I played (maybe Schumann’s Waldszenen?), but his reaction is seared in my memory: “Beautiful,” he said, with a far-away look in his eyes. After a pause, he continued, this time speaking directly to me: “But it could be MORE beautiful.”

This was Claude Frank’s approach to playing the piano, to music, to life. He radiated a love of not only all that was beautiful, but all that had the potential to be beautiful. Right away, in that first lesson, I truly felt that he believed I was in the latter category. Our lessons became inspirational searches for the towering beauty present in Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, and through those endless searches we would find the potential for beauty in ourselves. When he played, he embodied the very essence of the music he was playing to a degree that I had never heard before and have not heard since. Some of the best playing I have heard in my life came from his short, casual demonstrations of passages in works I was studying (I am still trying to figure out exactly HOW he played those sforzandos in the opening theme of the third movement of Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto so perfectly; a demonstration of the opening of Brahms’ Intermezzo Op. 116 no. 4 on an out-of-tune grand at Ravina’s Steans Institute brought tears to my eyes).

In turn, he was deeply affected by others’ performances of great music – a Schubertiade at Boris Berman’s house visibly shook Mr. Frank, especially after we all chose the slowest, most depressing Schubert lieder to sing and play. Mr. Frank always said to us “Great music is better than it can be played.” Those words, as well as his comments about beauty, continually inspire me in my playing and teaching, and to a large degree are responsible for the path I have followed over the past decade. However, hearing Mr. Frank play Schubert’s last piano sonata, or Beethoven Op. 109, or the Schumann Arabeske, it is hard to imagine great music being played any better. We will miss him dearly.



25 November 2014

California Tour: December 4-7, 2014
I'm excited to announce the details of my upcoming California Tour! I'll be giving recitals in Long Beach (December 4), San Diego (December 5), and San Francisco (December 7), featuring premieres of new works by Mark Dancigers, Patrick Burke, Missy Mazzoli, Judd Greenstein, and Asha Srinivasan, as well as Beethoven's towering Appassionata Sonata and Bartók's Eight Improvisations. More details appear in today's New Amsterdam Presents press release.

2019-20 performances


Click here for a list of previous performances.

Green Bay, WI
Thursday, June 27, 2019.
Sanimax Concert Series, Green Bay Botanical Gardens. More information here.

Saratoga Springs, NY
July 14-27, 2019.
Decoda | Skidmore Chamber Music Institute. More information here.
Performances at Zankel Hall on Tuesdays, July 16 & 23.

Crystal Falls, MI
Sunday, September 22, 2019.
2:00 PM. Crystal Theatre Performing Arts Center.
Michael Mizrahi & Friends: Baroque & Blues. Tickets and more information here.

Albany, NY
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
College of Saint Rose, with NOW Ensemble

Gill, MA
Saturday & Sunday, October 5 & 6, 2019
Antenna Cloud Farm, with NOW Ensemble. More information here.

New York, NY
Monday, October 7, 2019
The Owl Music Parlor, Brooklyn, with NOW Ensemble.

Saint Paul, MN
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Studio Z, Zeitgeist New Music

Northfield, MN
Friday, October 11, 2019
Carleton College

Eau Claire, WI
Friday, October 18, 2019. 8:00 PM. Lismore Hotel.
Wisconsin Music Teachers Association. More information here.

San Jose, CA
Saturday, November 2, 2019. 7:30 PM. Hammer Theatre Center.
Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 1 with Mission Chamber Orchestra. More information here.

Sacramento, CA
Sunday-Tuesday, November 3-5, 2019. Sacramento State University.
Featured Artist, Festival for New American Music. More information here.

Long Beach, CA
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 
Recital, Cal State Long Beach

New York, NY
Wednesday, January 22, 2020. 7:30 PM.
Carnegie Hall, with Decoda. More information here.

South Bend, IN
Friday, January 31, 2020
Indiana University — South Bend. Duo recital with Anthony Padilla.

Normal, IL
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Red Note New Music Festival, Illinois State University. With NOW Ensemble.

Milwaukee, WI
Friday, March 13, 2020.
Recital, Present Music.

West Palm Beach, FL
Sunday, April 26, 2020
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Norton Museum of Art. With NOW Ensemble.









2018-2019 performances

Gill, MA
Friday, August 31, 2018.
7:00 PM. Antenna Cloud Farm.
With Alex Sopp. Tickets and more information here.

Crystal Falls, MI
Sunday, September 9, 2018.
2:00 PM. Crystal Theatre Performing Arts Center.
Michael Mizrahi & Friends: A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein. Tickets and more information here.

Appleton, WI
Sunday, September 16, 2018.
7:00 PM. Lawrence Memorial Chapel.
Michael Mizrahi & Friends: A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein. More information here.

Appleton, WI
Thursday, October 4, 2018. 5:30 PM. Riverview Gardens.
Music For All series. 

Appleton, WI
Sunday, October 14, 2018. 7:30 PM. Lawrence Memorial Chapel.
Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances with Anthony Padilla. More information here.

Elkhart Lake, WI
Friday, October 19, 2018. 8:00 PM. Osthoff Resort.
Wisconsin Music Teachers Association. More information here.

Glasgow, Scotland
Friday, October 26, 2018. 1:00 PM. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
with Decoda. More information here.

Interlochen, MI
Wednesday, November 7, 2018.
Masterclass

New York, NY
Wednesday, November 28, 2018. 8:00 PM. (le) poisson rouge. NOW Ensemble presents the music of Judd Greenstein. Tickets available here.

Camden, SC
Thursday, December 13, 2018. 7:00 PM. Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County.
with Deocda. More information here.

Ann Arbor, MI
Saturday, January 26, 2019. University of Michigan.
EXCEL Career Expo: Social Entreprenership and the Arts, resident artist (with Decoda).
More information here.

Madison, WI
Thursday, January 31, 2019.
7:30 PM. University of Wisconsin - Mills Concert Hall.
Performance with Decoda. More information here

selected press


“…the performance had transparency, revealing a forward-moving logic and chord voices you didn’t previously realize were there…textures were sumptuous.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

“[Mizrahi’s] decisive performance of the Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 in C revealed a crisp technique, splendid powers of concentration and the kind of control needed to project strength without sounding aggressive.” — Washington Post

“…an engaging, enjoyable performer with elegant tone and strong energy. In the outer movements [of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3] he made seemingly serious, even stodgy passages dance, and repeatedly paced sections to exciting peaks…thoughtful lyricism…dialogues between orchestra and soloist were captivating.” — Houston Chronicle

“…the intrepid pianist Michael Mizrahi…” — Philadelphia Inquirer

“…[Mizrahi], whose thrilling performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 reminded this listener of the young Vladimir Ashkenazy. Mizrahi was...exciting to watch and hear.” — San Diego Union Tribune

“…pianist Michael Mizrahi filled out his part [in Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings] with an exceptionally strong and charming personality.” — Philadelphia Inquirer


Press for Currents


"...terrific album...his playing is riveting throughout." — Clavier Companion

"Hear it, and be moved." —WQXR New York

"Mizrahi's playing is rhythmically alert and lyrical." — National Public Radio

"...multi-layered, rich, and perfectly tailored to Mizrahi." — Textura

"...abundant variety." — Sequenza 21

I Care If You Listen, August 17, 2016

Fanfare Magazine, July/August 2016

Second Inversion, April 11, 2016

Press for The Bright Motion


"...an illuminating mix of gorgeous, approachable recent works..." — Time Out New York, Best Opera and Classical Albums of 2012

Time Out Chicago, Best Opera and Classical Albums of 2012

"Five stars (out of five). [Michael Mizrahi] delivers an album packed with effervescent solo-piano selections and adroit performances." — Time Out Chicago

"[The Bright Motion] is a cohesive, immediately appealing and consistently engaging collection of new music...Mizrahi's deft, incisive touch and clear, intelligent vision shine throughout." — The New Jersey Star-Ledger

"...Michael Mizrahi is one of those musicians who is endlessly fascinated by everything and is, as a result, endlessly fascinating himself." — WQXR New York, Q2 Album of the Week

"...a soloist of the first rank...one whose technical command is deployed for musical purposes first and foremost." — Textura Magazine

"[T]he gifted pianist Michael Mizrahi...plays with both tenderness and fierce beauty." — National Public Radio's Deceptive Cadence blog

"The Bright Motion is a beautiful reminder that classical music is living, breathing, thriving – and evolving." — MUSO Magazine



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