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Renowned Pianist Michael Stephen Brown In Solo Piano Recital At Chamber Music Detroit, March 1, 2024

February 20, 2024 | By Ellen Churui Li

The internationally lauded American pianist Michael Stephen Brown, hailed by The New York Times as “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers,” will return to Chamber Music Detroit and make his live concert debut on March 1, 2024, at Varner Recital Hall (371 Varner Drive, Rochester, MI, 48309)


This solo piano recital, part of Chamber Music Detroit’s Oakland Winterfest series, will feature Mr. Brown performing works by Haydn, Debussy, Ravel, Von Schauroth, Mendelssohn; the program will also include two of Mr. Brown’s own compositions: Etude-Fantasy on the name of Haydn and Breakup Etude for Right Hand. Full program follows:


Joseph Haydn                                    Fantasia in C major, Hob. XVII: 4, Capriccio(1789)
Claude Debussy                                Hommage à Haydn (1909)
Maurice Ravel                                    Menuet sur le nom d’Haydn (1909)
Michael Brown                                   Etude-Fantasy on the name of Haydn (2020)
Maurice Ravel                                    Miroirs (1904–1905)
Delphine Von Schauroth                   Three Songs Without Words, Op. 18,
Felix Mendelssohn                             Fantasy in F-sharp Minor, Op. 28
Con moto agitato—Andante
Allegro con moto
Michael Brown                                    Breakup Etude for Right Hand (2020)
Felix Mendelssohn                             Two transcriptions from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Mendelssohn-Liszt-Horowitz-Brown: Wedding March


General Admission is from $30 to $50, and student ticket of $10 can be purchased through Chamber Music Detroit’s website. For more information please visit pianist Michael Stephen Brown’s website.


Praised for his "fearless performances," by The New York Times and “exceptionally beautiful” compositions by The Washington Post, pianist and composer Michael Stephen Brown has performed as soloist with the Seattle Symphony, the National Philharmonic, and the Grand Rapids, North Carolina, Wichita, New Haven, and Albany Symphonies. He has appeared in recital at Carnegie Hall, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and Lincoln Center. He regularly collaborates with his longtime duo partner, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, and has been featured at numerous festivals, including Tanglewood, Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Gilmore, Ravinia, Saratoga, Bridgehampton, Caramoor, Music in the Vineyards, Bard, Sedona, Moab, and Tippet Rise.


Mr. Brown recently toured his own Concerto for Piano and Strings (2020) throughout the United States and Poland with several orchestras. He has received commissions from the Gilmore Piano Festival; the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra; the New Haven and Maryland Symphony Orchestras; Concert Artists Guild; Chamber Music Sedona; Music in the Vineyards; Shriver Hall; Osmo Vänskä, pianists Jerome Lowenthal, Ursula Oppens, Orion Weiss, Adam Golka, and Roman Rabinovich.


A prolific recording artist, his latest album Noctuelles, featuring Ravel’s Miroirs and newly discovered movements by Medtner, was called “a glowing presentation” by BBC Music Magazine. He can be heard as soloist with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot in the music of Messiaen, and as soloist with the Brandenburg State Symphony in music by Samuel Adler. Other albums include Beethoven’s Eroica Variations; all-George Perle; and collaborative albums each with pianist Jerome Lowenthal, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, and violinist Elena Urioste. He is now embarking on a multi-year project to record the complete piano music by Felix Mendelssohn including world premiere recordings of music by one of Mendelssohn’s muses, Delphine von Schauroth.


A recipient of many awards, Mr. Brown was the winner of the 2018 Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant. Other awards include the First Prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Bowers Residency from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (formerly CMS Two), and the Juilliard Petschek Award. Mr. Brown is a Steinway Artist.


Mr. Brown earned dual bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano and composition from The Juilliard School, where he studied with pianists Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald and composers Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. Additional mentors have included András Schiff and Richard Goode as well as his early teachers, Herbert Rothgarber and Adam Kent. A native New Yorker, he lives there with his two 19th century Steinway D’s, Octavia and Daria.


For further information, please contact Hemsing Associates at 212-772-1132 or visit www.hemsingpr.com.

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