SummerFest 2020 Artist Spotlight: Michael Brown

Jun 25, 2020 | News, SummerFest

Michael Brown is an accomplished pianist and composer, praised by The New York Times as “one of the leading figures on the current renaissance of performing arts.” As a soloist, Brown has performed with an array of groups including the Seattle Symphony, the National Philharmonic, and the Grand Rapids, North Carolina, New Haven, and Albany Symphonies.

 Born and raised in New York, Brown continued his music career in The Big Apple accompanied by his beloved Steinway Concert Grand Model D piano’s – Octavia and Daria. According to his website, Brown’s “musical life began at the age of two as I danced in front of the TV to the songs of Raffi. By age three, I had listened to Billy Joel’s Piano Man so many times that I wore out the cassette tape. At four, I realized I wanted to be the reincarnation of Mozart so I embarked upon a life of exploration, some isolation, but mostly pure and utter joy.”

Brown studied at The Juilliard School, where he earned both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in piano and composition. As a phenomenal student studying alongside award-winning musicians, Brown went on to receive the Juilliard Petschek award. 

Brown has performed at a variety of renowned festivals including Tanglewood, Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Gilmore, Ravinia, Saratoga, Bridgehampton, Bard, Sedona, Moab, and Tippet Rise. He has also released several albums throughout his career. His most recent work, RAVEL: Miroirs “MEDTNER: Improvisation, No. 2, Op. 47 (includes première recordings)” will be released in the near future for audiences to enjoy. 

Brown is spending his time during quarantine cooking, cleaning, and most importantly taking advantage of this time to learn ever-more complicated compositions. This includes Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 29, Hammerklavier. “It’s a puzzle and a challenge to figure out and I feel like I could practice it for 40 years and it wouldn’t be good,” he tells Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in a recent virtual interview. In addition to learning new pieces, Brown has focused on getting his creative juices flowing and writing his own compositions as well.

Also, make sure to visit his social media pages below!


Instagram: @michaelbrownpiano

Twitter: @mbrownmusic


Michael Brown Artist Biography Page