Michael Noble

March 20, 2019, 12:15 pm

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Pianist Michael Noble presents a program of Brahms, Schubert, and Scriabin live from the Chicago Cultural Center.

Michael Noble has developed an international reputation as an “astonishing” (Het Nieuwsblad) and versatile pianist whose performances and initiatives have engrossed audiences across Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Since his first recital at the age of six, he has won prizes in numerous competitions, including the Grand Prize at the Carmel Music Society Competition, Gold Medal at the Crescendo Music Awards (Tulsa, OK), and prizes in the Chopin International Competition of the 1000 Islands and The Plowman Chamber Music Competition. Michael has been called “a pianist to remember” by Het Nieuwsblad, and he has been described as “a pianist with an admirable ability to serve the music with the subtlety of a master chamber music player, and also at times to blaze forth with commanding virtuosity and to carry us to dramatic climaxes” (Peninsula Reviews).

Michael has performed in renowned venues, including Carnegie Hall, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, the National Academy for the Performing Arts of Trinidad and Tobago, the Musical Instrument Museum in Brussels, and the Sunset Center in Carmel, California. Additionally, he is a sought-after guest artist, appearing regularly at festivals including the Gentsche Festspiele (Belgium), the Kwadrofonik Festival (Poland), Musiksommer Schloss Rosenegg (Austria), and the Thailand International Composition Festival. Michael is also the co-founder and co-director of the Monterey-based “Music of Changes,” a festival that presents adventurous thematically-based programs.

Michael has been featured as soloist with the Monterey and Tulsa Symphonies, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy Alumni Orchestra, among others and has had the privilege of working with eminent conductors including Ransom Wilson, Gisele Ben-Dor, and Max Bragado-Darman. Additionally, he has worked with the most renowned artists in the field including Gary Graffman, the late Claude Frank, Christopher Elton, Ursula Oppens, John Perry, Boris Berman, Hung-Kuan Chen, Robert McDonald, and members of the Brentano and Tokyo Quartets.

After attending the Paris Conservatoire, Michael obtained his B.M. in Piano Performance and B.A. in English Literature cum laude from the Eastman School of Music and University of Rochester respectively. He received his M.M. and M.M.A. at the Yale School of Music and is now a candidate for the D.M.A. there. Subsequently, Michael completed a one-year residency in Ghent, Belgium as a fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation where he focused on contemporary music. His principal teachers include Peter Frankl, Nelita True, Melvin Chen, and Nicholas Angelich, while significant mentors include Daan Vandewalle, Marc Durand, John O’Conor, Martin Bresnick, and Ani Kavafian.

Highlights of the current and upcoming seasons include serving as music director and conductor for Idyllwild Arts’ production of A Chorus Line, a return engagement at the Gentsche Festspiele, a performance at Musiksommer Schloss Rosenegg, performances at Spectrum in Brooklyn as part of Frederic Rzewski’s 80th birthday celebration, a tour of Florida and Southern California with his trio, The Noble Trio, and performances throughout Austria, Belgium, Canada, Poland, and the United States.

For more information, please visit michaelnoble.net.

Biography courtesy of IMF Chicago.

  • Seven Fantasien, Op. 116, by Johannes Brahms
    Capriccio. Presto energico
    Intermezzo. Andante
    Capriccio. Allegro passionate
    Intermezzo. Adagio
    Intermezzo. Andante con grazia ed intimissimo sentiment
    Intermezzo. Andantino teneramente
    Capriccio. Allegro agitato

  • Gretchen am Spinnrade, by Franz Schubert
    arr. Franz Liszt

  • Fantasie, Op. 28, by Alexander Scriabin