Michael Thomopoulos, MA
Michael Thomopoulos is the winner of numerous musical awards and prizes, including the Gina Bachauer International Competition and the prestigious International Concert Artist Guild Competition. As winner of the latter, he made his formal New York Recital Debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in 1978. He has performed as guest soloist with orchestras such as The Boston Symphony Orchestra, The New Hampshire Philharmonic and The Juilliard Philharmonia. His many solo and chamber music credits include performances at Lincoln Center , The Kennedy Center and The Tanglewood Festival as well as radio and television appearances.
Mr. Thomopoulos is director of the Palisades School of Music in New Jersey and founder/director of the Palisades Chamber Players. His students have won top awards in international competitions, and they perform frequently in recitals and as soloists with orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. As an expert on piano pedagogy at the pre-professional level, he was invited to speak at the 1996 National Pedagogy Conference in Chicago and the 1997 World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Philadelphia . Again this year, Mr. Thomopoulos was chosen to be listed in “Who’s Who in America ” for his outstanding contributions to music education.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School. His major teachers were Russell Sherman and Sascha Gorodnitski.