Michael Brown, piano – Oct 20

Sunday, October 20, 2019 • 2 pm (1:15 pm pre-concert forum)


“A performance of surprising artistry and power.”
                                                         – The Seattle Times
























Winner of a 2018 Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Brown is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is a brilliant young talent whose career will only continue to sky-rocket.





$38 general (website purchase includes $4 online fee)

Youth 5-17 free with adult (call 530-273-3990 to reserve your ticket)


Venue – Seventh-day Adventist Church, Grass Valley (click here for directions)

Book a room at our Official Hospitality Partner:  Courtyard Suites package


Underwritten by:  Dr. Dennis McShane & the Honorable Richard Gordon

Sponsored by: Jeff Leiter; Lisbeth Noel & Audrey Ohlson Smith; The Piano Workshop; Allan Haley & Bobbie Rowlands


Fantasia (Capriccio) in C Major, HOB. XVII:4  – Haydn

Folk Variations (2013) – Michael Brown

Variations sérieuses – Mendelssohn

Surfaces (2016) – Brown

Barcarolle, Op. 60 – Chopin



Out of Doors – Bartók

Jeux d’eau – Ravel: 

Legend No. 2, St. Francis of Paola Walking on the Waves – Liszt



Michael Brown has been described as “one of the most refined of all pianist-composers” (International Piano) and “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers” (The New York Times). His unique artistry is reflected in his creative approach to programming, which often interweaves the classics and his own compositions.

Winner of the 2018 Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Brown has recently performed as soloist with the Seattle Symphony, the National Philharmonic, and the Grand Rapids, North Carolina, Maryland and Albany Symphonies; and recitals at Carnegie Hall, Caramoor, the Smithsonian, and the Gilmore Festival. He was selected by András Schiff to perform on an international solo tour making debuts in Berlin, Milan, Florence, Zurich’s Tonhalle and New York’s 92nd Street Y.

Brown is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performing frequently at Alice Tully Hall and on tour, and is a former member of CMS Two. He regularly performs recitals with his longtime duo partner, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, and has appeared at numerous festivals including Tanglewood, Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Ravinia, Saratoga, Bridgehampton, Bard, Sedona, Moab, and Tippet Rise.

A prolific recording artist, Brown can be heard as soloist with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot in music by Messiaen, and as soloist with the Brandenburg State Symphony in Samuel Adler’s First Piano Concerto. Other albums include an April 2018 release of Mendelssohn and Beethoven on First Hand Records; an all-George Perle CD; a debut solo recording; and collaborative albums with pianist Jerome Lowenthal, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, and violinist Elena Urioste.

For the 2017-2019 seasons, Brown was named the Composer and Artist-in-Residence at the New Haven Symphony, which will premiere his newly commissioned symphony. A 2018 Copland House Residency Award recipient, he has received commissions from the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä, Shriver Hall, Concert Artists Guild, and Bargemusic; pianists Adam Golka, Roman Rabinovich and Orion Weiss; and a consortium of gardens including Wave Hill, Longwood, and Desert Botanical.

Brown was First Prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, a recipient of the Juilliard Petschek Award, and is a Steinway Artist. He 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.

My musical life began at the age of two as I danced in front of the TV to the songs of Raffi. By age three, I had listened to Billy Joel’s Piano Man so many times that I wore out the cassette tape. At four, I realized I wanted to be the reincarnation of Mozart so I embarked upon a life of exploration, some isolation, but mostly pure and utter joy.

For more information visit his website: http://www.michaelbrownmusic.com/