As a soloist MIKAEL DARMANIE has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Caribbean. He has participated and won prizes in a number of regional and international competitions. Festival appearances have included High Peaks Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Mozarteum, Mainly Mozart, and L'Acadèmie de Musique de Sion. He recently performed in master classes for Leon Fleisher, Mitsuko Uchida, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Jerome Lowenthal and Menahem Pressler. As a member of the Warp Trio, he performs throughout the country in genres from jazz to hip hop to electronic music to DJ'ing. Since his debut as a conductor with the Carolina Chamber Symphony in 2008, he has performed throughout the U.S., conducting various piano concerti from the keyboard and symphonic works. As a composer, his works have been performed throughout the U.S. and he is a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow. He is currently P.H.D. student at SUNY Stony Brook under the guidance of Gilbert Kalish and teaches undergraduate piano and music history and theory.