May 15, 2014
A Celebration of American Composers
Copland, Gershwin, Hanson
Soloist: Michael Davidman
Norman Thomas Auditorium
111 East 33rd Street
NE Corner of Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Aaron Copland: An Outdoor Overture
George Gershwin: A Rhapsody in Blue
Michael Davidman, Piano
George Gershwin: Lullaby for Strings
Howard Hanson: Symphony No. 2 in D-flat major, Opus 30, W45, “Romantic”
Conductor and Music Director: Kyunghun Kim
Soloist: Michael Davidman
Born in New York City in 1997, Michael started piano lessons at six years old at the Greenwich House Music School with Michiyo Morikawa until 2006 when he began studying piano performance with his present teacher Efrem Briskin at the Manhattan School of Music,conducting with Jonathan Strasser since 2009, and conducting with David Gilbert in 2013.
Being an avid opera enthusiast, exceptional sight reader and accompanist, he has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall, Music@Menlo’s Chamber Music Festival, InterSchool Orchestras of NY, Burgos International Music Festival in Spain, and the International Academy of Music in Italy and Russia. As soloist, he has performed some of the most demanding concertos with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, Ithaca College Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Orchestras, Bronx Arts Ensemble Orchestra, and the NY Chamber Orchestra amongst others.
Michael has won over a dozen awards. Some of his first place accolades include: Grand Prize LISMA Foundation Ninth International Music Competition in the 17-23 year old category at age 15, first prizes in both Solo and Concerto in the 33rd Ithaca College of Music Piano Competition, 2012 Yonkers PhilharmonicConcerto Competition, 2011 Mary Smart International Concerto Competition at the Summit Music Festival, twice in the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Concerto Competition in two age categories, Grand Prize winner and youngest competitor in the 2009 Wagner College Young Musician’s Competition.
He has been awarded scholarships by The Chopin Foundation of the United States , Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation, LISMA Foundation, Constance Keene Piano Award, and the Dianne Danese Flagello Scholarship.Michael has appeared on NPR’s “From the Top” radio program, McGraw-Hill Young Artist Showcase (The Robert Sherman Show) WQXR, and was the youngest selected at age 13 to perform with the college students in the Lang Lang master class at the Manhattan School of Music.
He has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Bechstein Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center,Steinway Hall in New York, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, and recitals in Italy, Spain, and the historicComposers Union in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Presently, Michael attends Hunter College High School in New York City. He donates his time volunteering recitals at local retirement communities, attends the opera, and enjoys Broadway shows.
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