Michael Noble has developed an international reputation as an “astonishing” (Het Nieuwsblad) and versatile pianist whose performances and initiatives engage listeners across a broad spectrum. From intimate salons to grand halls, Michael has engrossed audiences across Asia, Europe, and the Americas.Read More...
Since his first recital at the age of six, he has won prizes in numerous competitions, including the Grand Prize at the Carmel Music Society Competition, Gold Medal at the Crescendo Music Awards (Tulsa, OK), and prizes in the Chopin International Competition of the 1000 Islands. Michael has been called “a pianist to remember” by Het Nieuwsblad, and his playing has been hailed as “elegant, stylish, and powerful” (Peninsula News) and “poetic” (Het Nieuwsblad). Most recently, he was described, in his performance of Dvořák’s Piano Concerto with the Monterey Symphony, as “a pianist with an admirable ability to serve the music at times with the subtlety of a master chamber music player, and also at times to blaze forth with commanding virtuosity and to carry us to dramatic climaxes” (Lyn Bronson, Peninsula News).
He has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Carmel’s Sunset Center, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, the National Academy for the Performing Arts of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Royal Dublin Society, and has been a guest artist at festivals including the Gentsche Festspiele (Belgium), the Thailand International Composition Festival, the Kwadrofonik Festival (Poland), the Lake George Music Festival, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy Summer Festival.
Michael has been featured as soloist with the Monterey and Tulsa Symphonies, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy Alumni Orchestra, among others, and has had the privilege of working with eminent conductors including Ransom Wilson, Gisele Ben-Dor, and Max Bragado-Darman. Additionally, he has worked with the most renowned artists in the field including Gary Graffman, the late Claude Frank, Christopher Elton, Ursula Oppens, John Perry, Boris Berman, Hung-Kuan Chen, Robert McDonald, and members of the Brentano and Tokyo Quartets.
After attending the Paris Conservatoire, Michael obtained his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Bachelor of Arts in English Literature cum laude from the Eastman School of Music and University of Rochester respectively. He received his Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts at the Yale School of Music and is now a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts there. Subsequently, Michael completed a one-year residency in Ghent, Belgium as a fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation where he focused on contemporary music. His principal teachers include Peter Frankl, Nelita True, Melvin Chen, Nicholas Angelich, and Nelms McKelvain, while significant mentors include Daan Vandewalle, Marc Durand, John O’Conor, Martin Bresnick, and Ani Kavafian.
In addition to his activities as a performer, Michael is the co-founder and director of the Brussels-based “Music of Changes,” a concert series that presents dynamic programs juxtaposing contemporary music with that of the past.
Highlights of the current season include performances with the Monterey Symphony, overseeing the second annual “Music of Changes Festival” in Brussels, performances at the Thailand International Composition Festival, a performance of Frederic Rzewski’s “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” at the Kwadrofonik Festival in Warsaw, concerts as a member of the piano-harp Duo Aeterna, and solo and chamber performances throughout Belgium, Canada, Poland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.