Pianist Michael Korman, a native of Connecticut, is dedicated to providing audiences with new and authentic experiences through classical repertoire. Michael is a founding member of the Classical Gang of Hartford, a collective of musicians whose aim is to make diverse performances of classical repertoire available to local audiences, in a way that is affordable and accessible. As a recitalist, Michael has recently performed at the New Britain Museum of American Art, and as one half of the duo “Songs Exposed” with soprano Michelle Murray Fiertek. Mr. Korman’s repertoire interests span from German lieder to cabaret song, opera to duo instrumental literature. Michael enjoys performing new music, and recently performed in the premiere of Kermit Poling’s ballet Peter Pan.
Mr. Korman believes that his identity as an artist is intertwined with his own self-education and with how he can help others learn. His varied expertise as a vocal accompanist, piano pedagogue, organist, and singer (tenor) have enabled him to work with musicians in numerous contexts. As a teacher, Michael is dedicated to helping students discover their true potential as pianists. He places strong emphasis on practice techniques, physical coordination, and emotional expression. As a result of his dedication to the success of his students, Michael is the recipient of an MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grant.
Education and Influences
Michael holds a master’s degree from the Hartt School, where he studied with Margreet Francis. In the summer of 2012, Michael traveled to Graz, Austria, where he studied the art of vocal accompanying at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS), and accompanied masterclasses with world-renowned soprano Barbara Bonney and lieder coach Ulrich Eisenlohr. Michael has additionally participated in masterclasses with artists such as Martin Katz, Alexander Kobrin, and Florence Millet. Mr. Korman believes that all artists are obligated to make education a life-long endeavor, and is currently a student of the celebrated pedagogue Seymour Bernstein in New York City.
A church organist and choir director, Michael is a member of the American Guild of Organists, and has earned a Service Playing Certificate from the AGO.