Michael Mizrahi



3 July 2018


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


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.