Michael Delfin

piano, composer
biography

     Praised for “beautiful performances of great warmth” (Classical Voice of North Carolina), pianist Michael Delfín has soloed for the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and the Aspen, Eastern, and Chautauqua Music Festivals. He made his solo debut with the Eastern Music Festival Young Artists Orchestra and has captured prizes in the International Crescendo Music Awards, Baltimore Music Club Competition, Chautauqua Piano Competition, and EMF Piano Competition.

     An avid chamber musician, Michael has appeared in recital with violinist Mark O’Connor and members of the EMF faculty. He co-founded the award-winning Trio INUENDI and was the recipient of the Sidney Friedberg Prize in Chamber Music from the Peabody Conservatory. His interest in new music led to performances with the Peabody Camerata and recordings of world premieres for the Naxos label with the Peabody Wind Ensemble. Also active as a composer, Michael has written music for piano solo, piano and orchestra, chamber ensemble, and voice. His works saw performances at successive MTAC Conventions and at the Peabody Conservatory.

     Mr. Delfín is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M.M.), the Peabody Conservatory of Music (B.M.), and the Johns Hopkins University (B.A., History). His major teachers have been Awadagin Pratt, Yoshikazu Nagai, Boris Slutsky, and Judah Adashi (composition). He has also coached with Paul Schenly, Paul Hersh, and Bob Bennett and performed in master classes for Vladimir Feltsman, Leon Fleisher, and John Perry. A native of Central California, Michael began piano studies at age 9 with Carol Oaks of Fresno.


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