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Dr. Michael Kaykov


American pianist and educator Dr. Michael Kaykov was born into a musical family and gave his first public performance at the age of six. He has earned his Undergraduate degree from Mannes College of Music, studying with professor Jerome Rose, his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal, and his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree at the Manhattan School of Music, writing his dissertation “The Evolution of Alexander Scriabin’s Harmonic Language and Pianistic Textures Across his Etudes Op. 8, 42 and 65” under the guidance of renowned Fulbright scholar and musicologist Dr. Edward Green.

Michael has appeared as a soloist throughout USA, Europe and Asia. Additionally, the second album of his Liszt series was released by Odradek Records in April 2022 and earned favorable reviews: “Five stars: A Liszt recital as unexpected as it is brilliant” (Huntley Dent - Fanfare Magazine).

Michael Kaykov is a professor of piano at Oclef Inc., a Steinway & Sons educational partner and on the Harlem School of the Arts (NYC) piano faculty. He has also been a recipient of the Kamiya Sisters Piano Scholarship, Susan W. Rose Piano Scholarship, and the Celia and Joseph Ascher Fund for Piano Award (Juilliard School, 2012-2014); Piano Scholarship and Doctoral Fellowship (Manhattan School of Music, 2014-2020); and the Cirio Foundation (NYC) Scholarship (2016-2020).

Recently, Michael's scholarly articles (musicology) have been published in the International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music (IRASM, Croatian Musicological Society), Problemy Muzykal’noj Nauki (PMN, Russia), and Innovation Art Studies (ICONI, Russia).

His original piano transcriptions are being prepared for publication by Muse Press (Japan).  Important recent engagements include a presentation at the Scriabin @ 150 Conference in Reading, UK and a series of recitals in Chicago, Illinois. Upcoming 2023 releases include an album devoted to Chopin’s piano works and a third album devoted to masterworks by Franz Liszt on Odradek Records. 

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