Michael Park is a composer and pianist with a keen interest in speech, humour, and collaboration. His music aims to give audiences an experience beyond the realm of traditional concert-going. Michaels compositions have been performed in Vancouver at the Sonic Boom Music Festival and the Songfire Festival of Song, as well as concerts presented by Music on Main, the Erato Ensemble, and pianist Corey Hamm. His music has been presented in Winnipeg by Flipside Opera and the Contemporary Opera Lab, and in New York by Opera On Tap. Awarded the Gold Medal and BMO Advocacy Award, his opera, Diagnosis: Diabetes will be premiered during the Boston Metro Operas 2013-14 season.
Currently a DMA Candidate at The University of British Columbia, Michael previously completed graduate studies at The University of Western Ontario (2009), and undergraduate studies at the University of Manitoba (2007). His principal composition teachers include Dorothy Chang, Omar Daniel, Peter Paul Koprowski, Gordon Fitzell, and Orjan Sandred.
An accomplished pianist, Michaels experiences with improvisation and multi-disciplinary collaboration led him to studies in composition. He regularly performs his own works, as well as those of his colleagues and continues to collaborate with a wide variety of artists, including dancers, poets, visual artists, and musicians. He is a founder and co-director of Art Song Lab, an innovative program that teams composers with poets. He also sits on the board of directors for Vancouvers Redshift Music Society.
Nina Horvath Piano
Nina Horvath is an active musician in the Vancouver scene whether it is on stage or behind the scenes.
Raised in Rossland, BC, Nina completed her Teacher’s ARCT before going on to further studies studies at the University of Victoria, University of Denver and University of British Columbia.
Nina’s greatest passion has always been collaborating with other artists, especially in the creation of new works. She has always been an active leader in the musical community working as a cofounder and director of three new vocal ensembles while in Victoria and as the creator of the First Tuesdays concert series in Denver.
As a performer, Nina has been fortunate to perform as a chorister and pianist on three different continents. She has collaborated with artists throughout Canada and the United States with a special focus on vocal and brass music. She is committed to bringing music to small communities like those in her home region of the West Kootenays, where she regularly returns to perform.
Nina recently returned to Vancouver after spending a year as a staff pianist and vocal coach at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She was recently appointed the Operations Coordinator for the Vancouver Bach Choirs and is also looking forward to singing with the Vancouver Cantata Singers, working with artists in the college program at the Vancouver Academy of Music and continuing to pursue her own freelance and teaching career.