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Michael Sheppard

MICHAEL SHEPPARD

Welcome

So, this is me. Or at least, a good chunk of it. I guess the important stuff is that I’m mainly a pianist but have recently begun to branch into conducting, audiobook narrating, and acting. I also have extremely eclectic tastes in nearly everything: I am moved as easily (if differently) by the ego-obliterating transcendence of Bach's B-minor Mass as by the particular insouciant magic of a well-timed burrito fart. Authenticity in all its forms is welcome. [edges surreptitiously farther down the sofa]
 

Also—quietly in the background since forever—I have been a composer and writer, though I’ve never made my living at either of those. And, while I am not one of those people who assigns any kind of ultimate worth to the amount of money he can bring in, it bears mentioning that the piano has been my primary bread and butter so far.

The composer’s viewpoint has always been my primary one, and it’s actually how I approach all other music, and even all other disciplines: what is there in the material that makes it special and unique, and how can I bring my audiences into that feeling-space? 

 

This takes on whole different qualities in the narrating and acting worlds, as I’ve been finding out, and it’s that finding-out process that has always fascinated and enlivened me: how is one discipline like, and different from, another, and how can I use what I’ve learned in one to enrich my appreciation of—or performance in—another? Cross-pollination is my jam, as well as finding larger and larger wholenesses within which their constituent parts don’t lose their identities but enrich the entire tapestry. The world needs those songs.
 

You’ll find I’m pretty much an open book—some might call it “oversharing" (see opening paragraph), but those people are generally as fun as a box of flies—so feel free to peruse and ask questions, and thank you for your interest in my life and work. Or, if you happened upon my page randomly, consider it a happy surfing accident. Which is also my band name.

 

Cheers!

-Michael

Schedule

SEPTEMBER 18

Violin and Piano recital with Jessica Tong, Holy Trinity Series, Akron, Ohio—including music of Schubert, Poulenc, Boulenger, and Strauss

September 23

Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society
with Jessica Tong, violin.
Works by Schubert, Poulenc, Boulanger, Strauss
Waterloo, ON
www.kwcms.org

October 29-30

Bartok Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Bozeman Symphony, conducted by Norman Huynh

https://www.bozemansymphony.org/

January 17, 2023
March 26, 2023

Clara Schumann piano trio with Kevin Smith, violin and Dariusz Skoraczewski, cello

https://cc2nd.org/20222023.html

April 20, 2023

Recital at the French Embassy
with Jessica Tong, violin
Washington, D.C.

https://franceintheus.org/spip.php?page=MF-all-upcoming-events

June 2, 2023

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3

Henderson Symphony Orchestra, Alexandra Arrieche, conductor

https://www.hendersonsymphonynv.org/wham

september 19

Masterclass at University of Akron with Jessica Tong, violin

Akron, Ohio

September 25

Hudson Chamber Music Series
with Jessica Tong, violin.
Works by Schubert, Poulenc, Boulanger, Strauss
Hudson, QC
www.hudsonchambermusic.ca

November 5, 2 PM EST

Recital with cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski at An Die Musik in Baltimore. Works of Nadia Boulanger, James Lee III, Claude Debussy, and Guillaume Connesson.

February 4-5, 2023

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Olympia Symphony

https://www.olympiasymphony.org/

April 16, 2023

Saugerties ProMusica
with Jessica Tong, violin
Works by Schubert, Poulenc, Boulanger, Strauss
Saugerties, NY
www.saugertiespromusica.org

April 21, 2023

The Spire Series at First and Franklin
with Jessica Tong, violin
Works by Schubert, Poulenc, Boulanger, Strauss
Baltimore, MD
​www.firstfranklin.org

September 20

Fredonia Faculty Recital
with.Jessica Tong, violin,
Works by Schubert, Poulenc, Boulanger, Strauss
Rosch Recital Hall,
280 Central Ave, Fredonia NY.
events.fredonia.edu

October 16

ProMusica San Miguel de Allende
with Jessica Tong, violin.
Works by Schubert, Poulenc, Gershwin, Strauss
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
www.promusicasma.org

December 4th

Recital with Jennifer Grim, flute, at Flute Fiesta 2022, Winston Salem, NC

https://www.uncsa.edu/music/events/flute-fiesta.aspx

March 25, 2023

Recital with Jennifer Grim, Flute, at the Oklahoma Flute Fair

April 18, 2023

Masterclass and Concert at Walnut Hill School for the Arts
with Jessica Tong, violin
Works by Schubert, Poulenc, Boulanger, Strauss
Natick, MA

April 22, 2023

Mark House Concerts
with Michael Sheppard, piano
Works by Schubert, Poulenc, Boulanger, Strauss
Washington, D.C.

Gallery

Photography by Tanya Yarmolovych

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