Pianist Michael Salmirs is well known as a recitalist and chamber musician. As a founding member and artistic director of the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, he maintains a full season of chamber concerts and lecture recitals. He has appeared as soloist with the Corning Philharmonic, Binghamton University Orchestra, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and was frequently a featured pianist on their Sunday Chamber Series. In addition to performing most of the standard chamber music repertoire for strings and piano, he has premiered numerous solo and chamber works, and has given the world premieres of Piano Quintets by David Liptak and Marek Harris, as well s Diego Vega’s Piano Quartet with the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble and Piano Quartet by Wendy Wan-ki Lee with the Binghamton University resident piano quartet, Mobius Ensemble. He has also participated in such contemporary music series as Binghamton University’s Musica Nova, Cornell University’s Ensemble X, Chiron, and has toured and recorded for the Syracuse Society for New Music. Mr. Salmirs studied at the New England Conservatory and Eastman School of Music; his teachers include pianists Leonard Shure and Rebecca Penneys and composer Karel Husa. Salmirs has taught at the Syracuse University School of Music and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is currently a faculty member at Binghamton University where he is Coordinator of Piano Studies.
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