Michael Schachter

composer, writer, and pianist



Michael’s new concerto for GRAMMY-nominated violinist Tessa Lark premiered to rave reviews at Knoxville’s historic Tennessee Theatre. Co-commissioned by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (Aram Demirjian, music director) and the Knoxville Museum of Art, the concerto is based on the magnificent glass-and-metal installation Cycle of Life by Richard Jolley.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic premieres “Concerto No. 2: ANTHEM” at the Hollywood Bowl in August 2022. Devised by Davóne Tines, the work is collaboratively constructed by Michael Schachter, Caroline Shaw, Tyshawn Sorey, and Carlos Simon, with texts by Mahogany L. Browne.
Ticketing and more info HERE.

Grammy-winning choir Conspirare (Craig Hella Johnson, music director) and the Miró Quartet have commissioned a new work to premiere in October 2022.

The Violin Concerto: Cycle of Life was profiled on PBS’ Craft in America in advance of its April 2022 premiere, along with Jolley’s artwork that inspired it:

After a sold-out premiere run at the American Repertory Theater in the fall of 2018, The Black Clown received its New York premiere July 24–27 at Lincoln Center’s Gerald W. Lynch Theater, as part of the 2019 Mostly Mozart Festival. The Black Clown was named to “Best of 2019” lists by the New Yorker (Alex Ross), New York Magazine, and Limelight Magazine.

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