|Mikhail practising for the concert|
Of his choice of music, Mikhail said
“The first half of the programme commemorates the atmosphere of the Mountambrin Property… known for its serene environs.” (that includes the beautiful gardens adorned by Lesbert Lee's provocative sculptures, alongside natural habitats.) The acoustics of the Theatre Gallery enhance any musical performance there.
|Mountambrin Gardens and Sculptures|
Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major and
Haydn’s Sonata No.31 in A-flat major, XVI: 46 “Divertimento”
The second half of the programme he dedicated to “the myriad of violent paintings dispersed throughout the gallery done the gracious host of this artist’s paradise, Dr. Russell Gruhlke.” Mikhail commemorated these graphic scenes by playing music by Sergei Rachmaninov:
Morceaux de Fantaisie Op. 3
Prelude in B minor Op 32 No. 10
Prelude in G- sharp minor Op. 32 No. 12
Mikhail’s interpretation of the works did indeed fit the mood displayed in the art works on the walls, and stirred the emotions of the listeners.
|One of Dr. Russell Gruhlke's paintings|
|The theatre with Bunny Rose and Sharon Martini at a previous concert|
Mikhail, one of Jamaica’s promising young pianists, was born and raised in Montego Bay. While attending Herbert Morrison High School, as a member of the school band, he won numerous gold medals and national trophies in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s Festival of the Performing Arts. He also earned himself the second highest score in the island for the CSEC Music Examination.
He graduated from Northern Caribbean University (NCU) with a B.Sc. in biological science and a minor in music. In June 2009, he was the winner of the Jamaica symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition for Young Musicians Senior Division, and the piano section of the Jamaica Music Teachers’ Association Music Competition in November of the same year. He studied classical piano with Kimberly Cann, Marilyn Anderson, Orrett Rhoden and Edison Valencia.
As an active and promising composer, he has received commissions from the NCU Music Department and other organizations. In 2008, his patriotic Anthem of Independence for mixed choir and orchestra was premiered by the NCU Chamber Choir.
Thank you, Mikhail, for your superb performance. Wishing you all the best in your future endeavours.