Michael Krikorian is a Los Angeles based pianist, composer, and teacher. He has extensive solo, chamber, and orchestral performing experience and has won prizes in numerous competitions which include first place in the Susan Torres Award Competition, first place in the Bell T. Ritchie award competition, first place in the Mu Phi Epsilon Scholarship Competition, first place in the Youth Performance Awards Competition of the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts, and first place in the MTAC Fresno Branch Solo Piano Competition. He has also been selected twice as the winner of CSU Fresno's concerto competition, and has appeared as a featured performer on Valley Public Radio's Young Artists Spotlight series.
Michael grew up in Fresno, California and began studying piano with Andreas Werz at the age of 12. He went on to earn his B.A. in piano performance from California State University Fresno in 2011. He moved to New York shortly thereafter to study with Arkady Aronov at the Manhattan School of Music, earning his M.M. in piano performance in 2014. Michael is currently pursuing a DMA at USC Thornton with Antoinette Perry. In addition to his regular studies, Michael has participated in master classes with pianists Giuseppe Andalaro, Sergei Babayan, Gloria Cheng, Markus Groh, Elena Kuschnerova, Vardan Mamikonian, Vahan Mardirossian, Julian Martin, Ksenia Nosikova, Santiago Rodriguez, and Pascal Rogé. Michael has also studied with Sharon Mann at the Siena Music Festival in Italy, and Professors Craig Sheppard and Robin McCabe at the Seattle Piano Institute.
As a teacher, Michael gives private lessons and instructs group piano classes at the University of Southern California as a graduate teaching assistant. He is also on the piano faculty at the Yungmee-Rhee Music Academy in La Crescenta, California.
Michael composes music for the concert stage and for visual media. His soundtrack for the recently released videogame The Fidelio Incident has received unanimous critical acclaim.