Critics have hailed Michael Schneider as “a pianist with exceptional insight” and
a “performer with
great panache” in performances across the states and overseas. Michael has performed
venues as the legendary château of George Sand in Nohant, France, performing an all-Chopin
as a guest artist in the International Chopin Festival, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall
as a prizewinner of
the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, the Library of Congress (Washington
and the Liszt Museum in Budapest.
Other appearances include recitals as a guest artist on the Festival Pianistico “Elvira
Italy, the Benno Moiseiwitsch Series at the Music Festival of the Hamptons directed
by Lukas Foss,
Pianotune Festival in Brussels, the 2nd Hungarian Festival in Cancun, Mexico, and
Festival in Paso Robles, CA. With one day’s notice, Michael gave a full-length solo
recital in place of
the cancelled San Angelo Symphony Concert due to inclement weather. Michael has been
featured artist at both the California Music Teachers Association Annual Conventions
2011) and the Texas Music Teachers Association Annual Conventions (2008, 2013) as
master class teacher, lecturer, and town hall panelist.
Michael Schneider made his orchestral debut performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No.
20 with the
San Angelo Symphony at the age of eleven and since has performed with numerous orchestras
Poland and around the United States. In 2011, Michael returned to perform Liszt’s
with the San Angelo Symphony in honor of the composer’s 200th celebration and this
(2017) performed the Shostakovich 1st Concerto with the San Angelo Symphony, continuing
standing relationship with the musical community of that city. Other appearances with
include the Plano Symphony (Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue), Richardson Symphony Orchestra
Concerto), Lake Lewisville Symphony (Brahms Concerto No. 1), the Irving New Philharmonic
Orchestra (Beethoven Triple Concerto), and even the premiere in 2019 of Schneider’s
for Two Pianos and Orchestra with Maestro Hector Guzman conducting the San Angelo
Michael is a top prizewinner in many competitions including the 7th San Antonio International
Piano Competition, the Kosciuszko Chopin and Frinna Awerbuch Competitions in New York,
International Paderewski Competition and International Liszt Competitions in Poland,
International Liszt Competition, and the Grace Welsh Prize for Piano in Chicago.
He is increasingly in demand throughout the US and abroad as a collaborator. In 2017,
he was an
artist collaborator at Trombonanza in Argentina, an international festival 18 years
running, where in
addition to collaborating with international artists, Michael conducted a large ensemble
and had his
composition Rhapsody for Trombone and Orchestra premiered by the Sante Fe Symphony
(Argentina) with Paul Compton as soloist and Maestro Walter Hilgers conducting.
He has performed recitals with violinists Frank Almond and Jun Iwasaki, and cellists
Boris Andrianov, and Francesco Mastromatteo. He has been a repeat artist with Mélange
chamber series in the Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex and is a frequent artist in the Musical
Series in San Antonio (TX) both as soloist and collaborator. In the release of his
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recording (2014) on the TNC label, American Record Guide states that “Schneider is
superb at the
keyboard, rendering each selection with fine touch and technique, and answering Baley's
with a stunning variety of sonics and colors…” in a cd featuring the music of Ukranian-American
composer Virko Baley for clarinet and piano with clarinetist Dr. Timothy Bonenfant.
include ‘Vision: Schneider Plays Schneider’ - a solo piano CD featuring Michael’s
and ‘Here and There, Vol. 1’ - a CD of live recordings from performances around the
US and abroad.
For 8 seasons, Michael was the creator and artistic director of the San Angelo Piano
a classical music festival in West Texas and is currently co-director of the Austin
Piano Festival. Prior
to moving to the metroplex, he directed the highly successful “Classical Artists Concert
the First United Methodist Church in Pflugerville, TX.
A unique example of Michael’s uniquely fun programming includes his monodrama entitled
Liszt: A Legacy”, an original script based off of factual events of the composer’s
life. In it, Michael
portrays an aged Franz Liszt reflecting upon his life, while performing some of the
demanding works - complete with a PowerPoint backdrop full of historical tidbits and
This has been featured on the San Angelo Symphony Concert series for an audience of
the University of North Texas Alumni Concert Series, the Music Teachers Association
State Convention, and the TMTA State Convention where Michael received written stellar
from the convention. In October 2018, ‘Franz Liszt’ returned to Houston where Michael
Autumn Artist Festival (AAF) resident artist for a three-day event hosted by the Bay
Area and Gulf
Coast Music Teachers Associations, in addition to a performance for the Houston Symphony
Other lecture/presentations Michael has performed include “Gottschalk: Life and Works”,
uses Gottschalk’s brilliant works to tell the riveting story of America’s first great
Michael’s popular lecture “The Art of Practicing” which explores practicing as an
art which can be
improved through problem solving skills and utilizing the proper tools.
Michael Schneider has been on the faculties of the Dana School of Music at Youngstown
University in Ohio, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Concordia University-Austin,
University of Texas Butler School of Music. He holds degrees from the University of
North Texas, the
Cleveland Institute of Music, and received his Doctorate in Performance from the University
Texas at Austin. His greatest influences come from his studies with Pamela Mia Paul,
Anton Nel, and a period of study with the late Maria Curcio in London.
Michael is currently the owner and Chief Artistic Officer of Master the Music LLC,
a music academy
focused on providing the finest music education located in North Richland Hills, Texas,
lives with his wife and three beautiful children.