A b o u t
Praised for “beautiful performances of great warmth” (Classical Voice of North Carolina), Michael Delfín is a versatile performer on piano and harpsichord and an advocate of the composer, both past and present. Michael has soloed for the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and the Aspen, Eastern, and Chautauqua Music Festivals. He has performed as a soloist with the CCM Philharmonia and the Eastern Music Festival Young Artists Orchestra and has captured prizes in the International Crescendo Music Awards, Baltimore Music Club Competition, Chautauqua Piano Competition, EMF Piano Competition, and two CCM Concerto Competitions.
An avid chamber musician, Michael has appeared in recital with violinists Madeleine Mitchell and Mark O’Connor, violist Michael Hall, and members of the EMF faculty. He is presently collaborating with the Queen City Composers Collective (QC3) on an album of works for solo piano and is the pianist for the Cincinnati-based Merge Ensemble.
Michael is the recipient of the 2018 Historical Keyboard Society of North America Bechtel/Clinkscale scholarship and 2017 Catacoustic Consort Early Music Grant. He is the artistic director of Seven Hills Baroque, a newly-formed Cincinnati-based historical ensemble. He has given lectures on historical performance topics for Early Music America, HKSNA, and the Case Western Reserve University Music Department.
Michael is now pursuing doctoral studies in both piano and harpsichord at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and the Johns Hopkins University. His mentors include Awadagin Pratt, Yoshikazu Nagai, Boris Slutsky, Michael Unger, and Carol Oaks.