Master of Music, Piano Performance
Pianist and teacher Michael Brady has enjoyed a rich musical career. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, he began learning piano at age eight with Phyllis Jovich and started studying with Dr. Michael Adcock at 15. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Music from Texas State University, where he studied with Gregory Allen and Jason Kwak, respectively.
Mr. Brady has given recitals around the country and abroad. He has performed in the Clear Creek Music Festival in Halfway, Oregon and the Vivace Music Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina. Additionally, Mr. Brady was accepted into the prestigious 2019 summer piano intensive program at the Accademia Chigiana, in Siena, Italy, where he studied with Boris Berman and Carol Leone.
Mr. Brady has performed in masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Robert Shannon, Peter Takács, Roberto Prosseda, and Boris Slutsky, among many others. An avid chamber musician, he has performed in chamber masterclasses with The Miro Quartet, Andrew Brownell, Anton Nel, and Collette Valentine in addition to several community outreaches.
In addition to classical music, Mr. Brady is skilled in popular and jazz music. In high school, he played keyboard with the marching band and other student groups, performing pop, funk, and other contemporary genres. At UT Austin, he took three semesters of jazz piano lessons with Professor Jeffrey Hellmer and Dr. Ross Margitza. He also performed in the UT jazz combo program.
As a teacher, Mr. Brady has worked with a wide variety of students and educators. During his undergraduate, he taught children piano as part of the UT Piano Project, directed by Professor Sophia Gilmson. A current teacher at the Orpheus Academy of Music in Austin, TX, he is well versed in the Kodaly approach as taught by Dr. Klondike Steadman, director of the academy.
Mr. Brady currently teaches at the Orpheus Academy of Music in Austin, TX, and performs throughout the Central Texas region. He hopes to continue to develop his skills as a performer and teacher to help others develop their own love for music.