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Jeremie Michael was one of Broadway’s youngest musical directors with the original New York production of the musical The Fantasticks. He spent his early childhood in California, studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with John McCarthy and Milton Salkind and privately with Diane Hidy. Upon his acceptance to the Bachelor of Music program at The Juilliard School, Mr. Michael was placed in the studio of Jerome Lowenthal.
Debuting with the San Francisco Symphony at the age of sixteen, he appeared frequently with that orchestra for several seasons. He also performed with one of his mentors, Michael Tilson Thomas, in a program featuring American composers and members of the Grateful Dead.
Making his international recital debut at the age of 14 in The Netherlands, the list of distinguished ensembles he has played with in both Europe and North America include the Columbus, Houston, Sun Valley and El Paso Symphony Orchestras. His New York debut was with the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. While living in New York, he worked as a pianist in the orchestra pits of such Broadway productions as Beauty and the Beast at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and Chicago at the Shubert Theatre. Upon becoming a fixture in the New York cabaret scene and being comfortable playing for vocalists in styles ranging from classical to jazz to rock, Mr. Michael was in demand as musical director, arranger, and entertainer alongside leading nightclub artists at the city’s finest venues.
The Disney Channel has presented Michael in Carnival of the Animals; other TV appearances include an international benefit program for UNICEF and a feature documentary about The Fantasticks.
His CD recordings include Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with the San Francisco Sinfonietta. He has received scholarships to the Tanglewood Institute, the Cliburn Piano Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival where he was a student of Herbert Stessin and John Nauman.
At Florida State University and elsewhere, he has been rehearsal and performance pianist/keyboardist for many university productions including Guys and Dolls, Legally Blonde, A Chorus Line, All Shook Up, Don Giovanni, Hansel and Gretel, Cabaret, The Little Match Girl, The Secret Garden, A Little Night Music, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
In addition, Mr. Michael is active as a composer, church musician, and private piano instructor, theory tutor, and vocal coach. He holds a Master of Music degree in music theory from Florida State University, a dual Master's in music theory and piano from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Eastern Kentucky University. He was pianist for The Tallahassee Ballet and Celebration Baptist Church. Mr. Michael resides in Lakeland, Florida, with his wife, Elizabeth, and their daughter, Mackenzie.