Michael Mitchell, an award winning pianists, music director, and arranger. He is endorsed Yamaha Artist.
Michael is currently in his fourth season as the Music Director for"Amateur Night at the Apollo" at the world famous Apollo Theater in the historic Harlem, NY. He is also the music director for Tony and Grammy winner Leslie Odom, Jr. and can be seen and heard playing the piano on several Nationwide commercials. Michael has made his mark in the Broadway world as an associate conductor on the smash hit Motown the Musical. Some of his other broadway credits include: The Color Purple, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Memphis, Baby It’s You. Michael was a part of the music team for NBC’s award winning production of The Wiz Live! Michael completed 4 years as conductor/music director for the North American Tour ofJesus Christ Superstar, starring Ted Neeley, of the motion picture Jesus Christ Superstar. He was also the conductor/music director for Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel (Alliance Theater); where he was awarded the Suzi Bass Award for ‘Best Musical Director’. As the Music Director for The Best of Both Worlds (American Repertory Theater) and Dreamgirls (Dallas Theater Center) he received rave reviews for his music direction as well as pianistic abilities.
Michael arranged and recorded “Un Peu Plus Haut, Un Peu Plus Loin” ("A Little Higher, A Little Further") for the 2010 Winter Olympics (Vancouver, Canada) - performed at the Opening Ceremony by international artist: Garou. Michael was commissioned to arrange and orchestrate "The Closer I Get To You/Where Is The Love” - premiered by the Houston Pops Orchestra. Michael arrangements and orchestrations have been performed by: The Boston Pops, Philly Pops, San Diego Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, and many others.
Michael has performed with great artists like: Lisa Fischer, Rickey Minor, India Arie,, Ledisi, Michael J. Fox, Jennifer Holiday, Christian McBride, Hinton Battle, Jazmin Sullivan, Billy Porter, Joan Osborne, Bob Mintzer (of the Yellowjackets), Joshua Henry, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mario Cantone, Dr. Lillias White, Johnny Gill, and many more.; He can be heard performing on some of New York’s iconic stages: Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Joe’s Pub, and The Cutting Room.
As a percussionist, Michael performed with The American Musical Ambassador Concert Band (European tour) and the John Philip Sousa Concert Band (Washington, DC).
Michael has composed, arranged, performed and/or produced several albums nationally and internationally including: Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 (w/ Leslie Odom, Jr.); Above the Law (w/ the legendary O'Jays - S Curve records); Playing Chess (singer Elise LeGrow); Simply Christmas (Leslie Odom, Jr. - S Curve Records); Invincible (guitarist Felton Offard); Lectionary Psalms: The Revised Grail Psalms (GIA Publications); Hot, Live & More with David A. Tobin’s Ministry of Song (Germany, Holland); Evolution (Yewende - Lotus Records); Smashing Musical Barriers (3 Mo’ Divas)
Michael graduated from DePauw University with a degree in Music Business, is a member of SAG/AFTRA, Local 802 Musicians Union,, and Mu Phi Epsilon. He continues to perform internationally and nationally and is working on a solo project filled with sounds of jazz, gospel, classical, soul and blues. He is grateful to God, his talented and supportive his wife Annastasia Victory, family, and friends for their continued support and love as he grows to be a greater man and musician.