Misha Namirovsky | Piano

Russian-American pianist and pedagogue Misha Namirovsky has been praised as a “master of his art” (The Norderstedter Zeitung – Hamburg), and a “lyrical poet” (Die Rheinpfalz – Frankfurt); his playing hailed as “incredibly musical and sensitive, yet at the same time transparent and precise (Klassik.TV).” His vivid and sensitive performances are appreciated by critics and audiences alike--following a recent recital in Paris, French pianist and musicologist Eric Heidsieck wrote of Namirovsky’s “colors and clarity” and “extreme virtuosity and controlled passion.”

Namirovsky is a laureate of several international competitions, including the prestigious German Piano Award in Frankfurt, Chopin Koscuiszco Foundation Competition in New York, the Pro Musicis award in Paris, the Gran Prix at Italy’s Cantu Competition and first prize at the Louisiana International Piano Competition, among others. He has appeared in the world's most renowned concert halls, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, Salle Cortot in Paris, Great Conservatory Hall in Moscow, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Shanghai Symphony Hall, and Mirai Hall in Yokohama, Japan. He has collaborated, among others, with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; The Conservatory Orchestra of Cuba; Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan; Novaya Rossiya Symphony, Nizhnii Novgorod Philharmonic, and the Capella Symphony Orchestra in Russia; the Niederbayernphilharmonie in Germany; and New Britain and Atlantic Symphony Orchestras in Boston.

The upcoming season will also feature Namirovsky’s appearances with the Nanjing Chamber Symphony, Xiamen Philharmonic orchestra, Chengdu Sympony and Academic Orchestra Munich; in recital in throughout China as well as, Paris and Brussels and New York and debut concert at the prestigious Miami International Piano Festival. Namirovsky collaborated with Deborah Pae for the Outhere Label and for Musiq3 Radio in Belgium. With cellist Alexander Suleiman, Namirovsky toured Asia with a unique performance-workshop series titled, “Music, Magic and Maths.” Other prominent collaborations include with Peter Wiley, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, Sarah Beaty, Amir Eldan, and Hye-Jin Kim.

A passionate and prolific chamber musician, Namirovsky has participated in the celebrated Marlboro Festival in Vermont and the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. As the pianist in Trio Modetre, alongside violinist Tessa Lark and cellist Deborah Pae, Namirovsky won the silver prize at the preeminent Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in Indiana and the trio has performed at New York’s Chamber Music Live concerts as well as for the Music for Food Foundation in Boston. As a recipient of the Tarisio Grant, the trio will record their debut album for the TYXart label, featuring trios by Frank Bridge and Johannes Brahms.

A devoted teacher, Namirovsky is steeped in the illustrious Russian pedagogical tradition. Former professor Hung-Kuan Chen called Namirovsky “a serious musician and excellent pianist; in addition he is a wonderful teacher with marvelous energy and awareness.” Other important teachers include Solomon Mikowsky and Eliso Virsaladze (herself a student of Yakov Zak and Heinrich Neuhaus); further influences are Mitsuko Uchida, Alfred Brendel and Peter Weiley. Namirovsky regularly gives masterclasses in the USA (Oberlin College, Northwestern University of Louisiana, Queens College), Spain (Santander Conservatory), and China (Xinghai Conservatory, Xian Conservatory, and others). Namirovsly is a regular guest at several summer festivals including Neuburg Academy (Germany) Noja Festival and Gijon Piano Festival (Spain).

Misha Namirovsky holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, Yale University and Munich Musikhochschule. He completed his D.M.A at the New England Conservatory with a dissertation focusing on the piano works of British composer Frank Bridge. Namirovsky will present several lectures on the same topic in the near future. Namirovsky is currently professor of piano at the Beijing Central Conservatory in China.