Michael Harvey

"A compelling and sensitive musician with a rare combination of intelligence, flair and charm” are the words the acclaimed pianist Leslie Howard used to describe pianist, composer and teacher Michael Harvey. Proud to continue the diminishing tradition of composer pianists such as Liszt and Rachmaninov. Harvey has composed, transcribed and arranged an increasing oeuvre of over 100 works for piano, including numerous virtuoso pieces for small hands. His compositions have been featured in winning performances at many piano competitions.
Harvey has always had a natural desire to share the joy of piano by teaching. By the age of 16 he had already prepared his first student for performance, encouraged by the example set by some of the greatest pianists, who also became some of the greatest teachers (Liszt, Chopin and Busoni etc.). Harvey has strived to perfect the art of teaching over more than 25 years. He has guided complete beginners to become international artists, and all levels in between.
Michael Harvey has been immersed in music throughout his entire life. It started when Michael’s parents took him to live classical concerts from just 4 years of age. Mesmerised by the experience, he sought to re-live it by taking his father’s records and listening to them. Noting his interest, his parents bought him a piano. By means of the piano Michael began trying to recreate and recall the melodies he had heard. Progressing rapidly through lessons, Michael soon thereafter won a scholarship to study at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, England. From the age of 11 Michael had no doubt his future would be in music. Inspired by being able to create the effect of an orchestra on the piano without restriction Michael continued his studies at the Royal College of Music, London. He went on to win numerous prizes including first prize at the First National UK EPTA Competition at the 1997 EPTA International Conference and a top prize at the 1999 International Nikolai Rubinstein Piano Competition. Michael has dazzled audiences at some of the most prestigious venues in Europe and the Commonwealth with his astonishing technique, individual sound and charismatic personality.

Arrangements

G.7 This is the approximate level or grade required to play this piece according to the criteria of multiple examination boards.

Compositions

G.5 This is the approximate level or grade required to play this piece according to the criteria of multiple examination boards.

Russian Dance No. 2, Circus Polka – coming soon

Russian Dance No. 3, Gypsy Dance – coming soon

Russian Dance No. 4, Gypsy Galop – coming soon

G.8+ This is the approximate level or grade required to play this piece according to the criteria of multiple examination boards.

Valse in D minor – coming soon

March Barbaro – coming soon