Forging a one-of-a-kind career path, violinist Michi Wiancko was recently described in Gramophone Magazine as an "alluring soloist [with] heightened expressive and violinistic gifts." She has given debut performances with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philarmonic, and frequently presents recital and chamber performances across the nation. Michi made her New York solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall after winning the 2002 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. She was featured as an "Artist to Watch" on the cover of the January 2007 issue of SYMPHONY Magazine.
Michi has toured extensively throughout the country as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, and has appeared in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Sydney Opera House, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery, Library of Congress, New York’s Town Hall, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and countless others. Michi has also toured nationally with Musicians from Marlboro as well as the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, and internationally with the renowned modern dance troupe, Mark Morris Dance Group, with whom she appeared at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart festival, collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax.
A frequent performer of new music, Michi has played with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and recorded for numerous living composers, including a disc for Mario Diaz de Leon, released on John Zorn’s label, Tzadik. In March 2007 she gave the world premiere of a concerto written for her by Margaret Brouwer, which she performed with James Gaffigan and Cleveland’s CityMusic Orchestra.
As singer, violinist and composer for her band KONO MICHI, she consistently pushes the boundaries of the classical repertoire and explores new genres. The Strad describes the sound as “intriguing and exquisitely beautiful…music that breaks through the pop classical barrier.” KONO MICHI appeared at Symphony Space in Spring 2009 performing Ms. Wiancko’s newest work, 9 Death Haiku, commissioned by CAG. The self-produced recording of this song cycle appears on disc on the UK label, Shark Batter Records. Kono Michi has also appeared in Merkin Hall, Brooklyn’s BAM Café, Barbes, Pianos, and the World Café Live in Philadelphia. Her songs have been broadcast on WNYC, KCRW, and BBC Radio 1, 3 and 6 Music shows.
A native of Southern California, Michi began her violin studies at the age of 3. She holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Donald Weilerstein, and from The Juilliard School, where she was a student of Robert Mann. Ms. Wiancko’s debut solo CD, Platinum Spirals, features works by Ravel, Beethoven, Kreisler, Debussy, Prokofiev and Joan Tower. Michi recently recorded works by French composer Emile Sauret in the legendary Glenn Gould studios at the CBC in Toronto. This album will be released on the Naxos label in 2011.