Michael Shinn

Juilliard School of the ArtsPianist Michael Shinn’s diverse career in music reflects his deep passion for performance, education, and entrepreneurship in the arts. Michael is Chair of Keyboard Studies at The Juilliard School, where he teaches piano, chamber music, piano pedagogy, and keyboard skills for both pianists and conductors, and courses in analysis for performers. Michael is also on the piano faculty of Juilliard’s Evening Division, leading masterclass-style courses for adult musicians.

Michael has designed innovative lectures and courses on a variety of subjects, focusing largely on his specialty, the music of Franz Liszt. In 2011, he was the Artistic Director of the Liszt Festival at Juilliard, a series of lecture-recitals celebrating the composer’s bicentennial.

At Juilliard, Michael co-chairs both the Entrepreneurship Curriculum Committee and the Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship Committee. In addition to offering major financial support to current students and recent graduates, these committees are revising the school’s curricula to equip students with the tools and entrepreneurial initiative necessary to develop truly modern careers in the arts. Michael is also Senior Advisor for Educational and Artistic Programs at Juilliard Global Ventures, where he is helping to develop an innovative music platform for K-12 education. He has been featured in videos and written informative essay content for Juilliard Global Ventures’ internationally-renowned Open Studios app.

Together with his wife, Jessica (also a pianist and faculty member at Juilliard), Michael co-founded and co-directs The pianoSonoma Music Festival. Having just finished its fifth season, this unique festival brings together Artists in Residence, young musicians on the cusp of major concert careers, and adult musicians of all backgrounds to collaborate and perform in Sonoma County, CA. Through Michael’s leadership, pianoSonoma has now established a new collaboration with Juilliard’s Evening Division, offering a three-day intensive version of its summer programming at Juilliard in the winter.

As duo pianists and Yamaha Artists, Jessica and Michael regularly perform throughout the United States. They have been invited to speak about the role of the arts in society and to perform at the Pebble Beach Authors and Ideas Festival. Passionate advocates of new music, Jessica and Michael have given world premieres by composers such as Adam Schoenberg and Thomas Cabaniss. They are commissioning a new two-piano concerto by Cabaniss, which the duo will be premiering with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in April of 2017.

Michael is also a marathon runner and dedicated triathlete.