Pianist Michael Mizrahi presents solo recital
Pianist Michael Mizrahi will present a solo recital at IU South Bend on Tuesday, March 27th at 7:30pm. The concert features works from his forthcoming New Amsterdam album, The Bright Motion, which is the third CD release by his founded chamber group, the NOW ensemble.
Noted for his compelling performances of a wide range of repertoire and his ability to connect with audiences of all ages, Mizrahi has appeared as concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and music educator across the U.S. and in Europe. The Philadelphia Inquirer has praised Mizrahi’s “sumptuous textures” and “intrepid” performances “revealing a forward-moving logic and chord voices you didn’t previously realize were there.”
An enthusiastic promoter of musical education, Michael Mizrahi has presented lecture-recitals and masterclasses at The American School in Switzerland (TASIS), the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He was also a recent fellow of The Academy: A Program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute (ACJW). Under the auspices of this groundbreaking two-year fellowship, he taught music at a New York City public school and performed to great critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall and throughout New York City as a member of Ensemble ACJW.
He has performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony, Prince Georges Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Haddonfield Symphony Orchestra (now Symphony in C), and in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Kennedy Center, Boston’s Jordan Hall and Houston’s Jones Hall. He has appeared in recital in several prominent concert series and appeared at many summer festivals, including Music@Menlo, the Ravinia Festival, and the Yellow Barn Music Festival.
Also an avid proponent of contemporary music, Mizrahi is a founding member of NOW Ensemble, a chamber group devoted to the commissioning and performing of new music by emerging composers. The Ensemble released its debut CD, NOW, in 2008 and released their second CD, Awake, in 2011. Mizrahi is also a founding member of the Moët Trio, which has been consistently recognized as one of the outstanding piano trios performing today. In addition to performances at major venues around the country, the Moët Trio recently completed a two-year residency at the New England Conservatory of Music.
Mizrahi captured both First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the Ima Hogg Competition, as well as first prizes in the Berkeley Piano Club Competition, the International Bartok-Kabalevsky Competition, and the Iowa International Piano Competition. After winning the National Symphony Orchestra’s Young Soloists Competition, The Washington Post wrote that he has “the kind of control needed to project strength without sounding aggressive.” He also won Third Prize in the San Antonio International Piano Competition, and is a winner of Astral Artists’ 2005 National Auditions.
Michael Mizrahi holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music where he studied with Claude Frank, and is currently Assistant Professor of Piano at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin.
// Michael Mizrahi, pianist
// 7:30pm Tuesday, March 27
// Northside Recital Hall
// Tickets $5-$9 | Free to children/Students with valid I.D.