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Michael Davidman, This Weekend’s Honored Guest wins ALL FIRST PLACE AWARDS in the 33rd Annual Ithaca College Piano Competition


Born in New York City in 1997, Michael Davidman began studying piano performance at the age of six under the direction of Efrem Briskin at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege since 2006 and conducting with Jonathan Strasser since 2009. Being an avid opera enthusiast, exceptional sight reader, and accompanist, he has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall, Music@Menlo’s Chamber Music Festival, InterSchool Orchestras of NY, and chamber with the International Academy of Music in Italy, Spain, and Russia. As soloist, he has performed some of the most demanding concertos with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, NY Chamber Orchestra, and the Manhattan School of Music Orchestra amongst others. At 15 years of age, Michael has won over a dozen awards. Some of his first place accolades include: grand prize LISMA Foundation 9th International Music Competition in the17-23 year old category at age 15, 2012 Yonkers Philharmonic Concerto Competition, Mary Smart International Concerto Competition, twice in the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Concerto Competition in two age categories, grand prize winner and youngest competitor in the 2009 Wagner College Young Musician’s Competition. Michael has been awarded scholarships by The Chopin Foundation of the United  States, Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation, LISMA Foundation, and the Dianne Danese Flagello Scholarship. Michael has appeared on NPR’s “From the Top”radio program, and was the youngest selected at age 13 to perform in the Lang Lang master class at the Manhattan School of Music. He has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Bechstein Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall in New York, Symphony Space, and recitals in Italy, Spain, and the historic Composers Union in St. Petersburg, Russia. Presently, Michael attends Hunter College High School in New York City. He donates his time performing at senior care facilities, attends the opera, and enjoys Broadway shows.

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