Michi Wiancko will present a selection of works for both acoustic and electric solo violin (with loop machine) that reflects her broad taste in music. From classical to folk to electronic, she’ll perform an intimate and dynamic concert that includes a fully improvised work, as well an original composition called “Franklin,” inspired by her move from Brooklyn, NY to Franklin County.
"Intriguing and exquisitely beautiful...music that breaks through the pop-classical barrier."
- The Strad Magazine
MICHI WIANCKO is a multi-dimensional violinist, composer, and collaborator, described in Gramophone Magazine as an "alluring soloist with heightened expressive and violinistic gifts." She gave her solo debuts with the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, made her NY recital debut in Carnegie’s Weill Hall and has released a solo violin album on Naxos.
As a composer and arranger, Michi has been commissioned by the ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra), Sybarite5, Enso Quartet, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ecstatic Music Festival, and Liquid Music. She has collaborated with a wide scope of artists, from classical performers like Emanuel Ax and Patricia Kopatchinskaya to composer/performers like Vijay Iyer and Missy Mazzoli, to indie and pop bands like Wye Oak and EL VY (with whom she appeared on The Late Show with Colbert). Michi tours internationally with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, and also writes music for her own band, Kono Michi, which has performed up and down the east coast. Most recently, Michi joined ICE for a Steve Reich world premiere in Carnegie Hall followed by a recording of the piece for Nonesuch, and upcoming projects include a Liquid Music concert with songwriter Emily Wells, arranging her music for musicians of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and a creative collaboration with celebrated actor and Shakespeare & Company Artistic Director Allyn Burrows.
Michi studied with Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Robert Mann at Juilliard. She is from San Clemente, California, and began playing the violin at age 3.
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