A merican pianist MICHAEL ANGELUCCI enjoys growing acclaim as an artist with a unique and gifted voice. Hailed as "a great artistic talent" by the A&B Foundation, his compelling craft has won national and international accolades including First Prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, First Prize in the American Prize National Competition, and the coveted Foundation La Gesse Fellowship, among others. For Michael, however, the greatest reward lies in forging lasting relationships with audiences through the effusive joy of musical expression.
This professional mission has brought Michael to exciting and eclectic venues worldwide such as Carnegie-Weill Hall (New York, NY); Bemberg Museum (Toulouse, France); Artown Music Festival (Reno, NV); Northrop Auditorium (Minneapolis, MN); Baltimore Theatre Project (Baltimore, MD); Mission Santa Clara de Asis (Santa Clara, CA); and the historic Auditorium de la Salle du Dome (Carcassonne, France). Highlights from recent seasons include a two-week tour as soloist with the Tahoe Symphony Orchestra, and a residency with the ARTIST Academy of Music in Maryland. A champion of the interactive concert experience, Michael often incorporates live, unscripted program notes into his recitals, adding a personalized touch widely appreciated by presenters and audiences alike.
Alongside his performance résumé, Michael devotes considerable energy to his other great passion: teaching college and pre-college musicians. Currently on faculty at the International School of Music in Washington, D.C., Michael previously taught undergraduate music majors at the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Maryland. A prolific clinician, Dr. Angelucci maintains a busy schedule of adjudications and festival appearances across the mid-Atlantic. Recent invitations include the Ivy International Music Festival at George Mason University, and as a returning jurist for the William Knabe International and Washington Universal International piano competitions. His students are top prizewinners in numerous local, state, and regional competitions, and have been invited to study at prestigious undergraduate music programs.
Michael holds the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano from the Peabody Conservatory. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano from the University of Maryland, graduating Phi Kappa Phi with special recognition for his performance dissertation on cyclic piano works. His pianistic background is shaped by an impressive legacy of artist-teachers including Bradford Gowen, Benjamin Pasternack, Brian Ganz, Leon Fleisher, Ann Schein, Robert MacDonald, John Perry, Hans Boepple, and Dr. Paul Wirth. Born into a musical family in the snowy upper Midwest, Michael now makes his home in Baltimore, surrounded by an overabundance of scores, an overworked Boston grand, and a frequently rotten (but eternally lovable) miniature labradoodle named Gus.