Nick Canellakis and I warm up in Alice Tully Hall on Saturday, May 17, 2014 before playing the Shostakovich Sonata. 

Nick Canellakis and I warm up in Alice Tully Hall on Saturday, May 17, 2014 before playing the Shostakovich Sonata. 

Barbes tonight!
376 9th St, Park Slope,
Brooklyn!

Barbes tonight!

376 9th St, Park Slope,

Brooklyn!

Today would have been George Perle’s 99th Birthday. To celebrate, check out my latest CD of his Piano Music available on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, etc! Also, if you’re in NY, come check out my recital of his works and more at the DiMenna Center tomorrow night (5/7)!

Today would have been George Perle’s 99th Birthday. To celebrate, check out my latest CD of his Piano Music available on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, etc! Also, if you’re in NY, come check out my recital of his works and more at the DiMenna Center tomorrow night (5/7)!

New York Times Critic’s Pick!

Michael Brown (Wednesday) One of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers gives a recital that pays tribute to some of his composition mentors. This Concert Artist Guild recital will feature several works by George Perle, “Fantasy” by Samuel Adler, and Mr. Brown’s own “Folk Variations” alongside Schubert’s Impromptu in B flat (D. 935) and Beethoven’s “Eroica Variations.” At 7:30 p.m., DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, Manhattan, 212-333-5200, Ext. 18, concertartists.org; $20, $10 for students. (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Tonight on WQXR!

Episode #1889

Studio Session with Pianist Michael Brown

Wednesday, April 23, 2014



Pianist Michael Brown (Janette Beckman)

Pianist Michael Brown has made regular visits to the Young Artists Showcase, including a studio session two years ago, and has appeared as the winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, as well as the 2012 William Petschek Piano Award at Juilliard.

In our studio this week, the pianist and composer performs Beethoven’s Eroica Variations, a piece by his composition teacher George Perle, and some recent variations of his own. As he tells host Bob Sherman, Brown first discovered Perle’s music as a teenager tuning in to WQXR. Perle became his teacher and mentor, and the pianist pays tribute with a pair of performances on this show, as well as a new CD of works by Perle on Bridge Records that comes out next month.

Brown has been busy this season with recitals in Europe, including his debut at London’s Wigmore Hall with another Young Artists Showcase alum, violinist Elena Urioste. Here in New York, Brown has a pair of recitals coming up in May. First, a solo recital at the DiMenna Center, then a duo concert sponsored by the Concert Artists Guild at Barbèsa bar and performance space in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Program Details:

George Perle: Chansons Cachées, for piano
George Perle: Classic Suite
Michael Brown: Folk Variations
Beethoven: Eroica Variations, Op. 35
— Michael Brown, piano.

New Conversations video with conductor Osmo Vänskä!

Coastal Concerts to present noted violinist and pianist March 1

Program will include music from ‘Porgy and Bess’
Feb 12, 2014 
Source: Cape Gazette
Violinist Elena Urioste and pianist Michael Brown will perform in Lewes March 1.

Two fast-rising young stars will share the stage at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 1, in Lewes when Coastal Concerts hosts violinist Elena Urioste and pianist Michael Brown.

Each of these artists is a highly acclaimed soloist, with Urioste’s performances called stunning and Mr. Brown hailed as a young piano visionary by The New York Times. When these formidable talents play as a duo, the rapport between them is something special.

Currently a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Urioste, who grew up in Philadelphia, is a first-place laureate in both the junior and senior divisions of the Sphinx Competition. She appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 13, and since then has made debuts with major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, impressing audiences with her tone, lyricism and captivating stage presence. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Urioste is no stranger to the Lewes area, having performed as a teenage student in summer chamber music concerts held in the city a decade ago.

The other half of the duo, pianist Michael Brown, is First Prize Winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. With degrees in both piano and composition from The Juilliard School, he is a winner of that school’s 2012 William Petschek Piano Debut Recital Award.

Brown has appeared on four continents in such major venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and, most recently, London’s Wigmore Hall. He is a two-time winner of Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and has worked with such piano luminaries as Mitsuko Uchida, Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Pamela Frank, Adam Kent, and Richard Goode.

Leading off the program will be “Four Souvenirs” by American composer Paul Schoenfield, a work that draws on jazz, blues and folk elements. Next will be one of Elgar’s major contributions to chamber music, the “Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 82,” to be followed by Britten’s rarely performed “Op. 6 Suite” and a two-part work by Copland comprising a bluesy segment titled “Nocturne” and a wildly contrasting one, “Ukulele Serenade.” Capping the afternoon will be music from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” arranged by legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz.

The 2 p.m. matinee will take place at wheelchair-accessible Bethel United Methodist Church Hall, Fourth and Market streets, Lewes. Tickets are $30. Ages 10-18, along with one adult per youth, are admitted free with advance reservations; call 888-212-6458. Also, at the door only, students 19 and older can purchase discounted tickets for $10 upon presentation of a valid college ID.

For online purchases and more information, visit coastalconcerts.org. Tickets may also be obtained at the door on the afternoon of the performance (all forms of payment) or in advance (cash only) at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and at Lewes Gourmet/Puzzles on Front Street.

Coastal Concerts is a nonprofit organization promoting classical music appreciation in central Delmarva. This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Check out the NY Times Review for the world premiere of my new work for one piano, four hands at Bargemusic and for my performance of Kurtag with pianist Adam Golka!
“One highlight was the gorgeous rendition of Gyorgy Kurtag’s “Jatekok IV” (“Games”) by the pianists Michael Brown and Adam Golka. Technically, it’s scored “for piano four hands,” but the players also make use of elbows and forearms. At times, one player silently pressed multiple keys so that their corresponding strings vibrate along, adding a pastel shimmer to the notes played by the other. Mr. Brown’s own darkly alluring “Chant” takes a similar restrained approach to the four-hand idiom, reaching for added color rather than a warren of voices.”
CORINNA da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM (The New York Times)
Click here for the full review!

Check out the NY Times Review for the world premiere of my new work for one piano, four hands at Bargemusic and for my performance of Kurtag with pianist Adam Golka!

One highlight was the gorgeous rendition of Gyorgy Kurtag’s “Jatekok IV” (“Games”) by the pianists Michael Brown and Adam Golka. Technically, it’s scored “for piano four hands,” but the players also make use of elbows and forearms. At times, one player silently pressed multiple keys so that their corresponding strings vibrate along, adding a pastel shimmer to the notes played by the other. Mr. Brown’s own darkly alluring “Chant” takes a similar restrained approach to the four-hand idiom, reaching for added color rather than a warren of voices.

CORINNA da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM (The New York Times)

Click here for the full review!