Michael Pandya is a versatile young pianist specialising in song and chamber music. He has appeared in performance alongside Graham Johnson, Jonathan Lemalu, Anna Huntley, Robin Tritschler, Eamonn Dougan, and his recital schedule has taken him across the UK and into Europe. He recently won the prestigious Brenda Webb award for Accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music.
Michael has received numerous other prizes including the Joan Chissells/Rex Stephens Schumann Lieder Prize, the Vivian Langrish Piano Prize and the Pianist Prize at the Rosenblatt North London Singing Competition. Recent performing engagements include appearances at the Wigmore Hall, KlavierFestRuhr in Germany, Newbury Spring Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival, Royal Overseas-League London, the House of Bob Boas, and live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune. Upcoming engagements include concerts at Aberdeen Youth Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival and Harrogate International Festivals. He has given recitals for the Park Lane Group and the Concordia Foundation and is a Samling Artist. In 2017 he was the recipient of the Graham Johnson Fellowship at SongFest, Los Angeles.
Michael graduated from The Queen’s College, Oxford with First Class Honours in 2015. There he directed student operas by Albinoni, Haydn and Michael Nyman and worked as a repetiteur with New Chamber Opera for two years. He was also Accompanist in Residence for the Oxford Lieder Festival. Michael now studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Teachers have included Julius Drake, Michael Dussek, James Baillieu, Ian Brown and Caroline Palmer. Michael’s studies have been generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Help Musicians UK, the Leverhulme Trust, the Clumber Studio Trust and the Winifred Christie Trust.