Michael Dussek
Michael Dussek piano

Michael Dussek is widely recognised as an exceptionally versatile and accomplished pianist. His performances and recordings have consistently received the highest critical praise. He has been described as “an outstanding artist” (BBC Music Magazine) and a “hugely respected pianist” (Classic FM Magazine”). International Record Review wrote that he is “clearly equally at home whether as a chamber musician or as a flamboyant concerto soloist.” Michael’s recording of York Bowen’s 1st Piano Concerto with Vernon Handley and the BBC Concert Orchestra was selected for Fanfare Magazine’s illustrious Hall of Fame of top classical recordings, joining British pianists Sir Clifford Curzon, Dame Myra Hess, Solomon and Stephen Hough.
Michael made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1980, where he was described as “a real find”. In 1981 his duos with his wife, cellist Margaret Powell and oboist Douglas Boyd were both winners of the Greater London Arts Association. Subsequently, as a member of three chamber ensembles, the Dussek Piano Trio, Endymion and Primavera, Michael has been privileged to work with many of Britain's finest instrumentalists, performing regularly in concert venues and festivals throughout the country and broadcasting frequently for BBC Radio 3. Recently he has collaborated with violinist Levon Chilingirian, violist Garfield Jackson, and with cellist Gemma Rosefield and violinist Leoš Čepický in Wigmore Hall recitals and at major festivals internationally, including the Prague Proms.

Michael has performed in many of the world's major concert halls, including London’s Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall, St John’s, Smith Square and Royal Opera House. As a member of Endymion he gave the opening recitals in Kings Place. Further afield he has played in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional, Osaka’s Symphony Hall, Seoul Arts Centre, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and major venues in Beijing, Bergen, Bonn, Brussels, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Paris, Prague, Sydney, Taipei, Toronto and Vienna. From 1985-1999 he toured extensively with cellist Ofra Harnoy, giving more than 80 recitals in Japan alone. He has also partnered leading violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Anne Akiko Meyers, Kurt Nikkanen, Gil Shaham, Antje Weithaas and Xue Wei. Singers Michael has partnered include Bernada Fink, Christopher Maltman, Ian Partridge, Jean Rigby and Vassily Savenko. In 2006 he undertook a 13-recital tour of Japan with violinist Ryu Goto, including two recitals in Tokyo's Suntory Hall, recorded live for CD and DVD by Deutsche Grammophon. A repeat tour and recording took place in 2009.

Whilst still a student at the Royal Academy of Music Michael was invited to act as resident pianist for Jacqueline du Pré's Masterclasses at Aldeburgh. Other legendary artists with whom he collaborated include cellists Pierre Fournier and William Pleeth, violinist Sandor Vegh, violist Bruno Giurrana, and clarinettist Karl Leister. In recent years he joined actress Prunella Scales and tenor Ian Partridge for performances of "An Evening with Queen Victoria" in Britain and the U.S.A. He acted as official accompanist for the Benson and Hedges Gold Award Singing Competition, and the Carl Flesch and Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competitions. He has performed with the soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Fidelio Piano Quartet and the Schubert Ensemble.

Michael is a dedicated teacher and his students are now prominent in the music profession as piano soloists, accompanists, chamber musicians and conductors. He has given masterclasses in Berlin, Hannover and St Petersburg. In 2009 he was Piano Consultant on Sir Thomas Allen’s English Song Course at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, and he has coached on the Tunnell Trust Course in Blair Atholl, Scotland, with William Bennett, Neil Black, Richard Deakin and Charles Tunnell. He has acted as a jury member on the St Petersburg Three Centuries of Classic Romance International Song Competition.

Michael is a Fellow of London’s Royal Academy of Music where he is also Senior Tutor in Ensemble Piano.