Praised for “beautiful performances of great warmth” (Classical Voice of North Carolina), pianist Michael Delfín has soloed for the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and the Aspen, Eastern, and Chautauqua Music Festivals. He has performed as a soloist with the Eastern Music Festival Young Artists Orchestra and CCM Philharmonia 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.
Equally at home on the harpsichord, Michael is the recipient of the 2018 Historical Keyboard Society of North America Bechtel/Clinkscale scholarship and 2017 Catacoustic Consort Early Music Grant. He has soloed for the Historical Keyboard Society of North America and the Central California Baroque Festival and attended the American Bach Soloists Academy.
An avid chamber musician, Delfín has appeared in recital with violinist Mark O’Connor and members of the EMF faculty. He co-founded the award-winning Trio INUENDI and was the recipient of the Sidney Friedberg Prize in Chamber Music from the Peabody Conservatory. His advocacy of new music led to performances with the Peabody Camerata and recordings of world premieres for the Naxos label with the Peabody Wind Ensemble. He is presently collaborating with the Queen City Composers Collective (QC3) on an album of works for solo piano.
A dedicated teacher, Mr. Delfín taught at CCM for three years as a graduate assistant instructor of private lessons and group piano classes. He recently gave master classes in Idaho and Maryland as part of residencies at the Brigham Young University-Idaho and the Intermuse International Music Institute and Festival. He derives his holistic approach to teaching music from his belief that the strength of the arts is rooted in communication from humans to humanity and that people of all ages and backgrounds are capable of making music. Lessons include a solid foundation in repertoire, music history, and music theory, all tailored to each individual student’s goals, needs, and enjoyment.
Mr. Delfín recently completed doctoral studies in piano at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is pursuing an Artist Diploma in harpsichord at CCM. He holds degrees in piano performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Peabody Conservatory of Music and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the Johns Hopkins University. His mentors include Awadagin Pratt, Yoshikazu Nagai, Boris Slutsky, Carol Oaks, and Michael Unger (harpsichord). In his spare time, Mr. Delfín enjoys literature, cooking, biking, collecting fine teas, and stoking his paronomasia, for which there is no known cure.