At 22, pianist Michael Delfin is an avid solo and collaborative performer on both the East and West Coasts. With a repertoire that ranges from Bach to Beethoven and Liszt to Liebermann, Michael soloed for the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, the Chautauqua Music Festival, the Eastern Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival Spotlight Recitals, the American Beethoven Society, the Santa Barbara Beethovenfest, the Central California Bach Festival, and the Peabody Conservatory of Music Thursday Noon Recital Series. He has performed at venues such as the Harris Concert Hall in Aspen, CO, Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall in Baltimore, MD, Dana Auditorium in Greensboro, NC, and at various concert halls across California. Michael made his debut as a soloist with the EMF Guilford Symphony Orchestra under Eric Garcia performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which was received as a “beautiful performance of great warmth” (Classical Voice of North Carolina).
A skilled competition participant, Michael's major competition prizes include the 17th Chautauqua Piano Competition, the Fresno Musical Club Susan Torres Award and Bell T. Ritchie Award, the Yale Gordon Competition at the Peabody Conservatory, the Baltimore Music Club Competition, the Glendale Piano Competition, the Celia Méndez Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition, and the Sylvia M. Ghiglieri Memorial Piano Competition. In July 2011, Michael captured First Prize and Audience Choice in the Eastern Music Festival Piano Competition and also won the EMF Young Artists Concerto Competition. In 2008, he was awarded membership in the prestigious Music Teacher’s Association of California (MTAC) Young Artist Guild.
An experienced collaborative artist, Michael performed as a chamber and orchestral pianist at the Chautauqua Amphitheatre, Rock Hall Auditorium at Temple University in Philadelphia, An Die Musik Recital Hall in Baltimore, and the German Society of Pennsylvania. He has collaborated with orchestras at the Peabody Conservatory, the Eastern Music Festival, and the Chautauqua Music Festival under conductors Hajime Teri Murai, Edward Polochik, José-Luis Novo, and Timothy Muffit. Michael is a member of the Peabody Camerata, a chamber ensemble directed by Gene Young that devotes itself exclusively to the performance of music written in the 20th and 21st centuries. He also worked with the Peabody Wind Ensemble under Harlan D. Parker which recorded works by Steven Bryant and Marc Mellits for the Naxos label in October. Michael performed with the Repertory Opera Theatre of Washington in a production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Michael is the pianist of the trio INUENDI with clarinetist Joel Weszka and cellist Frances Borowsky which took first prize in the Levine Chamber Music Competition and performed at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage and the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington D.C. At the 2008 MTAC Convention, Michael collaborated on the world premiere of Paul Chihara’s Fantasy for piano trio. In masterclass, he has coached with Vadim Gluzman, Denyce Graves, Christoph Henkel, Gary Hoffman, Eugene Levinson, Shmuel Magen, Elmar Oliveira, and members of the Jupiter and Biava String Quartets.
Also active as a composer, Michael was a member of the MTAC Young Artist Guild, marking the third time in MTAC history in which a student also held membership in YAG. He was selected as a finalist for his Ballade No. 2 “The Journey” in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards. Michael has performed his compositions for successive MTAC Conventions and at the Peabody Conservatory. In masterclass, his works were performed for David Rakowski and Chen Yi.
Michael firmly believes that the ability to touch the life of someone through the universal language of music is a tremendous gift that inspires great compassion and also humility. An aspiring teacher, he served on the faculty of Summer Music at Stanislaus and Chautauqua Open Enrollment. He maintains a private studio in Baltimore, MD and is on the faculty of the Baltimore School of Music. A dedicated church musician, Michael is the music director of Lee Street Memorial Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD. He has performed for students in the Washington Latin Public Charter School and the Mother Seton Academy and for patients at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.
Michael attended the renowned Aspen Music Festival and School in the summers of 2007 and 2008 where he studied with John O’Conor, Joseph Kalichstein, Ann Schein, Rita Sloan, and Virginia Weckstrom. At the Eastern Music Festival, he studied with Yoshikazu Nagai, Jon Nakamatsu, and Misha Dichter. At the Chautauqua Music Festival, he studied with Monique Duphil, Enrico Elisi, Marina Lomazov, and Rebecca Penneys, among others. Michael performed in masterclass for Paul Badura-Skoda, Paul Chihara, Misha Dichter, Leon Fleisher, Alexander Gavrylyuk, Stewart Gordon, Yoheved Kaplinsky, John Perry, Pascal Rogé, and Craig Sheppard.
A native of Fresno, California, Michael began piano lessons at age 7. His aspirations for a career in performance and teaching began when he heard the music of Mozart for the first time. He began formal studies with Carol K. Oaks at age 9 and later coached with Dr. Bob L. Bennett. Michael is currently a Bachelor of Music student at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD. He studies piano with Boris Slutsky and composition with Judah Adashi and has coached extensively with cellist Amit Peled and Seth Knopp. Concurrently with his music studies, he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in History at the Johns Hopkins University where he is the recipient of a Bloomberg Scholarship and Double Degree Grant. When not practicing or composing, Michael enjoys reading, running, the outdoors, and a good game of foosball.