The Chamber Music Society of Detroit’s CameraMusic series presents pianist Michelle Cann. Ms. Cann is a 2013 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and served as an ArtistYear fellow from 2013 to 2015. She has been a staff accompanist at Curtis since 2015.
Concert pianist Michelle Cann is a young artist with a deep musical commitment to performing a wide range of repertoire throughout the U.S. and to bringing the arts to local communities. Ms. Cann made her orchestral debut at age 14 and has since performed with various orchestras including the Florida Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Cann appeared as guest soloist with the Knoxville Symphony where she performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Florence Price’s Concerto in One Movement. Recently, Michelle performed with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in its Green Umbrella Series at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and, again, at the Barbican in London. She regularly appears in recital and as a chamber musician throughout the U.S., China, and South Korea at premier concert halls including the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and recently performed a solo recital at the Bermuda Festival on the island of Bermuda. Ms. Cann is under the management of Lisa Sapinkopf Artists.
Ms. Cann has been frequently featured on both WRTI 90. 1 and WHYY TV in Philadelphia on such shows as Creatively Speaking with Susan Lewis, Onstage at Curtis, and Philadelphia Music Makers where she was the host of the hour-long program which alternated between her own personal reflections and solo performances. She has also appeared as cohost/collaborative pianist with the nationally broadcasted program NPR’s From The Top, appearing in Interlochen, Mich. with actor/conductor Damon Gupton; Boston, Ma. with violinist Leila Josefowicz; and in La Jolla, Calif. with violinist Vijay Gupta.
In 2016, Ms. Cann soloed with The Dream Unfinished Orchestra in New York City, an organization whose purpose is to bring to the forefront those female and minority composers too long lingering in the background of American music. She performed the New York City premiere of Concerto in One Movement by composer Florence Price, the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer. Recently, she performed a chamber recital with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as their MAC Music Innovator. This program highlights leading African-American classical musicians who embody artistry, innovation and a commitment to education and community engagement.
Hailing from a musical family in Avon Park, Florida, Ms. Cann began the piano at age 7, but soon added organ, steel drums, trombone, tuba and violin. Her primary focus on the piano earned her top prizes in state, national, and international competitions including the International Russian Piano Music Competition, the Blount Young Artists National Competition, and most recently the Wideman International Piano Competition. Ms. Cann received her Bachelor and Master degrees in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Paul Schenly and Daniel Shapiro and received an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia studying with Robert McDonald. Soon after, she was placed on the Curtis staff as a collaborative staff pianist. Her summer festival appearances include the Taos Chamber Music Festival, YellowBarn Chamber Music Festival, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Festival, and as Artist in Residence at Pianofest in the Hamptons. Most recently, she served on the faculty of the Sphinx Performance Academy during their inaugural year at the Julliard School and performed in the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra during the 23rd Annual Sphinx Competition.
Ms. Cann is a young leader in creating opportunities for music education in her community. During her time in Philadelphia, she has served as the choir director of two thirty-member children choruses in the El-Sistema inspired program, “Play On Philly.” She served as one of three inaugural Curtis Institute of Music fellows of ArtistYear, working with local community partners such as City Year, Teach for America, and AmeriCorps to bring the arts to local Philadelphia communities where arts education and access are unattainable.
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