composer, writer, and pianist
Michael’s new concerto for GRAMMY-nominated violinist Tessa Lark will be featured in an upcoming profile segment on PBS’ Craft in America series in advance of its April 2022 premiere. Co-commissioned by the Knoxville Symphony and the Knoxville Museum of Art, the concerto is based on the glass installation “Cycle of Life” by artist Richard Jolley.
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.
In the fall of 2019, Michael began a three-year term as Junior Fellow at the Harvard University Society of Fellows.