Pianist Mikael Darmanie has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean playing the role of soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral conductor. Festival appearances include Pianofest in the Hamptons, Art of Piano Festival, and L’Academie de Musique de Sion (Switzerland).
Mikael has performed in master classes for Leon Fleisher, Jean Yes Thibaudet, Jerome Lowenthal, Joseph Kalichstein, and Menahem Pressler.
As a chamber musician, he won First Prize in the North Carolina MTNA Chamber Music Competition (with the Transverse Trio), has performed at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music as part of the
Apple Hill Fellowship Trio, and in 2010, he performed in programs of Brazilian and French music for violin and piano at Lincoln Center Institute’s Kenan Fellowship performance series. In 2012, he performed on the Taft Museum of Art Chamber Music Series (Cincinnati) with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Since his conducting debut with the Carolina Chamber Symphony in 2008, he has conducted
various piano concerti from the keyboard and symphonic works by Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Haydn,
and Liszt. An active composer, primarily for piano, he has performed his music throughout the
United States, the Caribbean and Western Europe.
Mikael is currently a doctoral student of Gilbert Kalish at SUNY Stony Brook, where he also instructs undergraduate piano and music history, and coaches chamber music.