Michael Sikich, 25, is a versatile pianist, répétiteur, and song recitalist with an affinity for German lieder and American song. A native of Santa Barbara, California, he has performed in the United States, Germany, and around the UK, most notably at the Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, LSO St. Luke's, Cadogan Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival, and on broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. He made his BBC Proms debut last summer in a recital of American music honoring the centennial of Leonard Bernstein with mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta. He is a prizewinner of the International Helmut Deutsch Lied Competition and a recipient of the Somerset Song Prize for best pianist as well as the piano accompaniment prize from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, where he recently completed a postgraduate degree in vocal accompaniment on scholarship with Julius Drake. He was a finalist at the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform Competition, a semifinalist at the 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition, and was invited to perform in Graham Johnson's Song Guild. A recipient of many awards as a solo pianist, he gave his debut recital in the Belz-Parker Young Artist Series and has performed with orchestras throughout the United States.
Michael earned his bachelor of music degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a recipient of the Premier Young Artist Award under the instruction of Edward Auer. While at the Jacobs School, he performed with the Concert Orchestra and the IU Summer Festival Orchestra as winner of two concerto competitions. In addition, he studied privately with the chorus master of Atlanta Opera, Walter Huff, in areas of accompanying and vocal coaching. He was recently a vocal piano fellow at the Music Academy of the West and has also attended the Franz Schubert Institute, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Banff Centre, and the PianoTexas International Academy, working with esteemed musicians including James Conlon, Marilyn Horne, Roger Vignoles, Helmut Deutsch, Jerome Lowenthal, and Yoheved Kaplinsky. He will work as an apprentice rèpètiteur at the Berlin Opera Academy this summer and attend the Georg Solti Accademia Rèpètiteur Course in Venice in the Spring of 2020.
Venturing outside the realm of classical music, Michael was the bandleader/pianist for the jazz combo Cut Time, which performed throughout Southern California, and studied jazz piano with Professor Barry Green at the Guildhall School.
Michael is based in Vienna, Austria and continues his studies with Julius Drake at the Kunstuniversität in Graz.