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Scott Michal

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Unabashedly tonal and delightfully anachronistic, the music of American composer Scott Michal combines lyric, harmonic and rhythmic ingenuity with exceptional craftsmanship in a unique stylistic manner that remains true to the spirit of the great masters. Neo-classic in form and tonality, innovative and original in content, Michal’s music is always fun to listen to, and fun to perform. Gramophone magazine declared his Violin Concerto (on Navona) to be “epic music of technicolor glee.” Rooted in his own experiences as a professional cellist and pianist, Michal is a performer’s composer. Playing cello in the Columbus Symphony for 13 seasons, and accompanying and conducting great musicians from around the world, he has been immersed in music making nearly all of his life. The son and grandson of piano teachers, he has devoted much of his life to teaching, constantly seeking innovative ways to share his deep love of music with his students. For nearly 10 years, Michal served as composer-in-residence to The Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre. While there, his works were performed regularly by the resident ensembles of the centre, The Ohio Valley Symphony, The Ohio Valley Youth Orchestra, The Ariel Players and the Ariel String Quartet. In 2004, he joined the faculty of the University of Rio Grande, teaching a popular music appreciation course, composition and songwriting, piano and strings, and he is developing an immersive entrepreneurship program for the performing arts. His music is performed by orchestras and musicians throughout the world. Michal’s fifth musical premiered in October 2015 at the Pharr Community Theater in southeastern Texas. His music is available from Hal Leonard (Willis Music), ALRY and the Naragon Music Press. New projects include the “Prairie Sonata,” for Taiwanese pianist Helen Linn, celebrating the life of his grandmother, Bertha Tice, who in the early years of the 20th century traveled throughout north central Kansas by horse and buggy to teach piano lessons in isolated pioneer homesteads.

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