Michael Esch, DMA ((Rice) studied with Robert Roux and Jon Kimura Parker, as well as coachings with Lazar Berman and Anton Kuerti.
He been featured in recital for the CBC and has appeared in concert and as an orchestral soloist throughout Canada, Europe, and the Far East.
The Canadian Composer Robert Rival has composed and dedicated the work ‘6 pieces for Piano’ (found in the ARCT and LRCM repertoire lists) for Michael. Dr. Esch is a featured pianist on the RCME CD set.
A sought after adjudicator in Canada, Michael has adjudicated festivals at the Provincial level for the O.M.F.A., ORMTA, SMFA, NSMFA, PABC, the Canadian Music Competition 50’th Anniversary National Tour, CFMTA Nationals (2021) and the Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition, the Crescendo International Piano Competitions among many others.
He is a senior examiner for RCM examinations and is a regular masterclass clinician for the Phil and Eli Taylor Young Artist Performance Academy at the RCM.
A sought after teacher, Dr. Esch’s students have won many international and national competitions, performed with many orchestras in Ontario and Europe, and have been featured in masterclasses with major artists in prestigious international music festivals such as the Morningside Music Bridge and John O’Connor’s ‘Beethoven Boot Camp’.
Michael is a Top Teacher Award recipient from Steinway and Sons.