Michael Schneider, piano

Michael Schneider

Michael Schneider, Piano

Critics have hailed Michael Schneider as “a pianist with exceptional insight” and a “performer with great panache” in performances across the states and overseas. Michael has performed in such venues as the legendary château of George Sand in Nohant, France, performing an all-Chopin recital as a guest artist in the International Chopin Festival, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as a prizewinner of the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, the Library of Congress (Washington DC), and the Liszt Museum in Budapest.

Other appearances include recitals as a guest artist on the Benno Moiseiwitsch Series at the Music Festival of the Hamptons directed by Lukas Foss, Pianotune Festival in Brussels, the 2nd Hungarian Festival in Cancun, Mexico, and the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, CA. With one day’s notice, Mr. Schneider gave a full-length solo recital in place of the cancelled San Angelo Symphony Concert due to inclement weather. Michael has been a featured artist at both the California Music Teachers Association Annual Conventions (2008, 2009, 2011) and the Texas Music Teachers Association Annual Conventions (2008, 2013) as solo artist, master class teacher, lecturer, and town hall panelist.

In recent years, Michael has performed Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony, the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Irving New Philharmonic Orc hestra, the Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos with the UT University Orchestra, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Concerto in F with the San Angelo and Plano Symphonies, the Brahms D minor Concerto with the Lewisville Lake Symphony, and the Liszt 1st Concerto with the San Angelo Symphony. Other concerto appearances have been with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (IL), the Richardson Symphony Orchestra (TX), the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra (OK), the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra (CO), the Harding University Orchestra (AK), and the Big Spring Symphony (TX).

Michael is a laureate of many international piano competitions, including: the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the Competition Internationale held in Sante Fe, New Mexico, the 3rd International Franz Liszt Competition held in Wroçlaw, Poland, the 10th Pacific Piano Competition in Vancouver, the 7th San Antonio International Piano Competition, the 4th International Paderewski Piano Competition in Poland, the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition in New York, the Texas Steinway Society Career Development Award, and the Grace Welsh Prize for Piano in Chicago.

He is increasingly in demand throughout the US as a collaborator. He has performed recitals with violinists Frank Almond and Jun Iwasaki, and cellists Wendy Warner, Boris Andrianov, and Francesco Mastromatteo. He has been a repeat artist with Melange Musical, a chamber series in the Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex, and is a repeat artist in the Musical Bridges Arts Series in San Antonio (TX) both as soloist and collaborator. In 2014 was the release of his first commercial recording on the TNC label, performing music of Ukranian-American composer Virko Baley for clarinet and piano with clarinetist Dr. Timothy Bonenfant. Other CD’s include ‘Vision: Schneider Plays Schneider’ – a solo piano CD featuring Michael’s own compositions, and ‘Here and There, Vol. 1’ – a CD of live recordings from performances around the US and abroad.

Michael is the creator and artistic director of the San Angelo Piano Festival (SAPF), a classical music festival in West Texas and is currently co-director of the Austin Piano Festival. The past year he directed a highly successful monthly concert series entitled “Classical Artists Concert Series” at the First United Methodist Church in Pflugerville, TX.

Of particular interest to Michael is reaching audiences by programming fascinating multi-media concerts, which allows Michael to combine performances of great works with enlightening historical facts and often-emotional understanding of the works and composers. One unique example of this is his monodrama entitled “Franz Liszt: A legacy”, an original script based off of factual events of the composer’s life. In it, Michael portrays an aged Franz Liszt reflecting upon his life, while performing some of the composer’s most demanding works – complete with a power point backdrop. This has been featured on the San Angelo Symphony Concert series for an audience of 900 people, the University of North Texas Alumni Concert Series, the Music Teachers Association of California State Convention, and the TMTA State Convention where Michael received written stellar feedback.

Other lecture/presentations Michael has performed include “Gottschalk: Life and Works”, which uses some of the more brilliant works to tell the riveting story of America’s first great virtuoso, the very popular lecture “The Art of Practicing” which explores practicing as an art which can be improved through problem solving and a few tools, and “Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue” – a wonderful children’s storybook by Anna Harwell Celenza, read to audiences of eager children by Michael while providing soundtrack from the piano.

Michael Schneider has been on the faculties of the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University in Ohio, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Concordia University-Austin, and the University of Texas Butler School of Music.

He holds degrees from the University of North Texas, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and received his Doctorate in Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. His greatest influences come from his studies with Pamela Mia Paul, Paul Schenly, Anton Nel, and a short period of time with the late Maria Curcio in London.

For more information or to contact Michael, please visit: http://www.pianomike.com.