Pianist Mike Messer, a student of Prof. Christopher Taylor’s, will perform a recital featuring piano music written for the left hand alone.
Piano music written for left hand provides unique challenges for the performer. This recital will feature some of the most well-known works for left hand, including Maurice Ravel’s monumental Piano Concerto for the Left Hand Alone, featuring Eric Tran, on second piano.
The program will also include the Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand by Alexander Scriabin.
Messer’s activities as a soloist have taken him throughout the United States, as well as to Europe. His early debut with the Seattle Festival Orchestra was received with acclaim, and sparked his enthusiasm for playing with musical ensembles of any size. Michael performs a wide spectrum of styles and works, and he enjoys presenting audiences with less familiar music while bringing fresh interpretations to more classic repertoire. Michael believes that performing and teaching go hand-in-hand. An active teacher, he provides class piano and individual piano instruction at UW-Madison, and maintains an ever-growing studio of private students at the Wheaton Yamaha Music School. Michael is indebted to his many teachers, including Karin Redekopp Edwards, Winston Choi, and his current professor, Christopher Taylor.