Michael Bennett (NY)


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Michael Bennett (NY)

Michael Bennett, Organist, Composer, and Improviser, lives and breathes music that pushes the boundaries and searches for new, powerful, and bold expression. He currently studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam for organ performance with Louis Robilliard, Matthias Havinga, and Pieter van Dijk. As an Organist, after studying piano since 4, Michael picked up the organ at the age of 9 and started his studies with Peter Conte, organist of the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia. At the age of 15 years old, Michael was invited to study the summer of 2015 in France, Studying with Johann Vexo and Jean Baptiste Robin in Nancy and Royaumont. Michael returned in 2017 to France to study there. Last summer, he undertook a mini concert tour of France, presenting 4 different programs of varied music in concert on historic and modern French instruments. Passionate about the (re)discovery of the vast repertoire for the instrument, Michael is known and infamous for his programming of adventurous repertoire, in particular the major works of Reger, transcriptions of French Baroque Ballets de Cour, playing the Trois chorales of Cesar Franck in their original disposition of being played as a whole, and his ongoing project of learning the complete organ works of both Charels-Valetin Alkan and Louis Couperin. Michael was a National YoungArts Finalist in Organ Performance and Composition, 2016, and received First Place in the Queens, NY AGO Organ Competition. As a composer, Michael is "Hyper-Spectral", using the spectral language of the natural overtones and pushing it further into psychoacoustic domains, while also combining his obsessive passion with French Baroque music via 64-limit extended just intonation in his works. He has written many works for ensemble, electronics, ensemble and electronics, large ensemble and electronics, orchestra, chamber, solo, choral, and organ that have been commissioned and played all around the world by ensembles such The Columbia New Music Ensemble, the New York Youth Symphony (where he was the aprentice composer last year) , and the Ensemble Multilaterale in Paris, Including the premiere of his “...Appollon le Forma...” by Quatour TANA and the famed Nicolas Crosse (of the Ensemble InterContemporain) this summer at Universitie d’Altitude in France. Currently Michael is focusing on a composition project “Black Pyramid”, where he is combining live electronics (industrial/techno/ breakcore/EBM/power electronics/black metal harsh noise) and the pipe organ. The debut album of this project will be released soon.