Michael Park is a pianist and composer with a keen interest in speech, humour and improvisation. His aim is to give audiences an experience beyond the realm of traditional concert-going.
For more than a decade, Michael has collaborated with dancers, choreographers and companies including Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Ballet BC. Taking inspiration from the movement style at hand, Michael has developed a fluency in improvisation that has been praised by dancers and teachers alike.
Michael is a passionate champion of new music. He has performed at dozens of B.C. premieres as resident pianist with Vancouver’s Erato Ensemble and supported the creation of more than seventy world premieres as founder and co-director of Art Song Lab, an innovative program that teams composers, poets and world-class performers.
Michael’s own compositions have been performed in Vancouver at the VSO’s Jean Coulthard Reading Session, Sonic Boom Music Festival, Songfire Festival of Song, Queer Arts Festival and Music on Main. His music has also been performed across North America, with notable premieres in Winnipeg, Boston and New York.