Michi Wiancko


Murasaki’s Moon:
A Chamber Opera


Recipient of a 2018 Opera America grant, Michi’s first opera, Murasaki’s Moon, premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art over the course of six performances in May of 2019. The opera seamlessly weaves together the ancient and the new, utilizing both traditional Japanese instruments and modern western instruments. Learn about Michi’s journey from violinist to composer and the process of writing Murasaki’s Moon.


News & Events

• 2019 •


New arrangements for Camerata Bern

Camerata Bern with internationally-acclaimed violinist/curator Patricia Kopatchinskaja and soprano Anna Prohaska premieres seven new arrangements by Michi.

JULY 27 THROUGH OCT 13, 2019

Antenna Cloud Farm 2019

Running from late-July through mid-October, the third season of Michi and Judd’s music festival and artists’ retreat, Antenna Cloud Farm, commences. Stay tuned for season announcement in May!

MAY 17-19, 2019

Michi’s first opera, Murasaki’s Moon

This new work premieres over the course of six performances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Libretto by Deborah Brevoort, stage direction by Eric Einhorn. Co-commissioned by On Site Opera, MetLive Arts, and American Lyric Theater.

APRIL 11, 2019

Michi’s new solo violin album underway

Michi records an electro-acoustic solo violin album, featuring all-new works written for her by composers Mark Dancigers, Christopher Adler, Jessie Montgomery, Will Mason, William Brittelle, and Paula Matthusen.

APRIL 11, 13, 14 & 15, 2019

Two new world premieres on tour with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra

ECCO premieres two new Baroque re-imaginings (including the Bach Chaconne) by Michi as part of their East Coast Spring Tour in Philadelphia (4/11), Baltimore (4/13), Washington D.C (4/14)., and New York (4/15).

MARCH 22, 2019

Collaboration with singer-songwriter Emily Wells

Release of Emily Well’s spectacular new album, Thee World Is Too___ For You, featuring chamber arrangements by Michi, and featured on NPR’s New Music Friday Top 8 Albums.

MARCH 12, 2019

Creativity, culture, and improvisation at the Boston Conservatory

In April and May, Michi guest teaches a creativity class at Boston Conservatory at Berklee in collaboration with Preeti Vasudevan and Silkroad.

FEBRUARY 19, 2019

The Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music

Michi spends a week working with composers at the beautiful GLFCAM in Booneville, CA. Collaborators: violist Melissa Reardon and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan.

FEBRUARY 15, 2019

New Works for The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra premieres two new arrangements by Michi, and unveils a new work by innovative neo-soul singer, PaviElle French, orchestrated by Michi. Concerts take place between February 15-17.

JANUARY 8, 2019

Lullaby for Sol Lewitt, a string quartet by Laurie Anderson

Michi records a string quartet written by iconic artist and musician Laurie Anderson for Nonesuch Records. Collaborators: violinist Lara St. John, violist Kyle Armbrust, and cellist Rubin Kodheli.

• 2018 •

OCTOBER 14, 2018

Silkroad tour of Australia and Asia

Michi spends 2 weeks on a tour of Australia, China, Taiwan, and South Korea with Silkroad and Yo-Yo Ma.

AUGUST 4, 2018

Hollywood Bowl with Williams Brittelle’s Spiritual America

Performance of William Brittelle's Spiritual America in collaboration with Wye Oak, opening for Bon Iver at the Hollywood Bowl.

JUNE 30, 2018:

Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA

Michi collaborates with this esteemed theater company as musical curator, composer, and performer.

JUNE 1, 2018

World premiere of Michi’s work, Lullaby for the Transient

Performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by the Aizuri Quartet and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh.

APRIL 18, 2018

Collaboration with National Geographic photographer

"Andvord" at Amherst College: an original live score for looped violin set to a film on Antarctica created by National Geographic photographer Maria Stenzel.


Solo violin recital

Michi performs solo recitals of original works for violin and loop pedal in California and Vermont.

• 2017 •

NOVEMBER 16, 2017

Collaboration with Emily Wells on SPCO’s Liquid Music series

Performance of Michi’s arrangements of music by Emily Wells for Emily, Michi, Greg Fox, and musicians of the SPCO on the Liquid Music Series in Minneapolis.

JULY 8, 2017

Introducing Antenna Cloud Farm!

Inaugural week of Antenna Cloud Farm - a music festival and artists' retreat founded and curated by Michi along with her husband, Judd Greenstein.

MAY 28, 2017

Recording a new Steve Reich work for Nonesuch Records

Michi joins the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) to record new work by Steve Reich ("Pulse") for Nonesuch Records.

APRIL  30, 2017

Celebrating Steve Reich’s 80th birthday

Michi performs with new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound for Steve Reich’s 80th birthday celebration at NYC's Symphony Space.

APRIL 21, 2017

World Premieres and a tour with East Coast Chamber Orchestra

East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) in Philadelphia (PCMS) and National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. World premieres of Chris Theofanidis' A Thousand Cranes.

MARCH 23, 2017

Touring Abu Dhabi with Silkroad

Michi embarks on a tour with Silkroad and Yo-Yo Ma in Harvard, Andover, and Abu Dhabi.

MARCH 3, 2017

New music with Infinite Palette in Palm Springs

Performance at Palm Springs Art Museum with William Brittelle, Missy Mazzoli, and Daniel Wohl, curated by Kate Nordstrum and Infinite Palette.

JANUARY 22, 2017

New music with pianist Michael Mizrahi

Performance with pianist and frequent collaborator Michael Mizrahi at Rockwood in NY.

JANUARY 6, 2017

Layla and Majnun

Performances of Layla and Majnun with Azerbaijani national treasures, mugham singer Alim Qasimov, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Silkroad at Dartmouth.

• 2016 •

NOVEMBER 14, 2016

Asia tour with Silkroad

Michi embarks on a tour of China, Korea, and Taiwan with Yo-Yo Ma and Silkroad.

NOVEMBER 1, 2016

Celebrating Steve Reich’s 80th birthday at Carnegie Hall

Performance at Steve Reich 80th Birthday and World Premiere with the International Contemporary Ensemble at Carnegie Hall.

AUGUST 31, 2016

New music by William Brittelle

Performance with Jenn Wasner, William Brittelle, and the String Orchestra of Brooklyn at Le Poisson Rouge in NY.

MAY 13, 2016

The East Coast Chamber Orchestra

ECCO performs World Premiere of new work by Pierre Jalbert in Philadelphia (PCMS).

MARCH 24 2016

Tour with pianist Michael Mizrahi

Solo and duo performances with Michael Mizrahi at National Sawdust in NY, Constellation in Chicago, and The Arts Block in Greenfield, MA.

FEBRUARY 11, 2016

World Premiere of Michi’s work at National Sawdust

Sybarite 5 performs my quintet, Blue Bouree, at National Sawdust in NY.

JANUARY 11, 2016

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Michi and friends perform with EL VY on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, showcasing her own arrangement of their song, Return to the Moon.

JANUARY 9, 2016

David T. Little’s opera, Dog Days

Michi joins Newspeak for performances of Dog Days, a critically-acclaimed opera by David T. Little as part of the Prototype Festival in NY.