Education: B.Mus. (Manhattan School of Music), M.Mus. (S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook)
Member Type(s): Faculty
Michel Szczesniak’s diversified career as a pianist includes concerto appearances with the Winnipeg, Victoria, and Kingston Symphony Orchestras, the Aspen Festival Orchestra and CBC solo and chamber music recital broadcasts. His work as a solo pianist was also featured in conjunction with productions by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Banff Festival Ballet. He has premiered a number of new and lesser-known Canadian works in concert and on recording including two self-produced compact discs: Bow & Ivory and Notes to Myself, both featuring his own compositions. Further to his work as a composer, Mr.Szczesniak is an Associate of the Canadian Music Centre having had works premiered by the Kingston Symphony Orchestra and in recital as part of the School of Music Faculty Artists Series.
Piano and chamber music studies were with Jeaneane Dowis, Martin Canin, Seymour Lipkin and Artur Balsam, with degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and State University of New York at Stony Brook. Prior to emigrating to Canada in 1983 Mr.Szczesniak was the pianist for the vocal studio of Adele Addison in Manhattan and the Aspen Music Festival, and on a chamber music fellowship at the Waterloo Festival, New Jersey where he met violinist Gisèle Dalbec, his partner in life and in music.