Artist Bio

Michael James Smith, piano

Michael James Smith enjoys performing as a soloist as well as collaborating with a wide range of artists within many different musical communities. He is a current fellow at Ensemble ACJW: the Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Smith has performed throughout New York and Europe in a variety of venues, including Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Steinway Hall, Bernard Haitink Hall, Subculture, and Merkin Hall, as well as at the Mondavi Center in Davis, California. His performances have also been featured on WQXR and Wisconsin Public Radio. Also a proponent of new music, he has premiered works by major American composers such as Meredith Monk and Stacy Garrop and worked with other important composers like Kaija Saariaho and Martin Bresnick. Alongside ACJW, Smith is working on a doctoral degree at Stony Brook University under Gilbert Kalish, where he served on the pre-college music theory faculty and managed the undergraduate piano program, teaching chamber music and solo piano majors as Head Piano Teaching Assistant. Among other honors, Michael James Smith has been awarded the Theodore Rehl Prize by Lawrence University and the Gilbert Kalish Scholarship by Stony Brook University.