Pianist Michael Korman, a native of Connecticut, is dedicated to providing audiences with new and authentic experiences through classical repertoire. Michael is a founding member of the Classical Gang of Hartford, a collective of musicians whose aim is to make diverse performances of classical repertoire available to local audiences, in a way that is affordable and accessible. Michael’s recent engagements include recitals at the New Britain Museum of American Art, and the world-premiere of Kermit Poling’s ballet Peter Pan. Michael holds a master’s degree from the Hartt School, where he studied with Margreet Francis. In the summer of 2012, Michael traveled to Graz, Austria, where he studied the art of vocal accompanying at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS), and accompanied masterclasses with world-renowned soprano Barbara Bonney and lieder coach Ulrich Eisenlohr. Michael has additionally participated in masterclasses with artists such as Martin Katz, Alexander Kobrin, and Florence Millet. Mr. Korman believes that all artists are obligated to make education a life-long endeavor, and is currently a student of the celebrated pedagogue Seymour Bernstein in New York City. A church organist and choir director, Michael is a member of the American Guild of Organists, and has earned a Service Playing Certificate from the AGO.