Piano Days @CLE July 24 - August 14, 2022

Michelle Cann

Michelle Cann portrait Thursday, August 11 | 7:30 pm icon-calendar Thursday, August 11 7:30 pm America/New_York Michelle Cann Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music Presented together with the Cleveland Institute of Music In partnership with Karamu House Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music
Presented together with the Cleveland Institute of Music
In partnership with Karamu House

Sphinx Medal of Excellence Winner and Professor at the Curtis Institute of Music Michelle Cann performs a riveting solo recital of works by Florence Price.

Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major, Op. 47

Frédéric Chopin

Ballade in D major, Op. 10, No. 2

Johannes Brahms

Sonata in E minor
Andante – Allegro

Florence Price


Four Pièces fugitives, Op. 15
Un poco agitato
Andante espressivo

Clara Schumann

Fantasie Nègre No. 1 in E minor

Florence Price

Troubled Water

Margaret Bonds


Learn more about Michelle Cann

“A compelling, sparkling virtuoso” (Boston Music Intelligencer), pianist Michelle Cann made her orchestral debut at age fourteen and has since performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

A champion of the music of Florence Price, Ms. Cann performed the New York City premiere of the composer’s Piano Concerto in One Movement with The Dream Unfinished Orchestra in July 2016 and the Philadelphia premiere with The Philadelphia Orchestra in February 2021, which the Philadelphia Inquirer called “exquisite.”

Highlights of her 2021–22 season include debut performances with the Atlanta, Detroit, and St. Louis symphony orchestras, as well as her Canadian concert debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. She also receives the 2022 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the Sphinx Organization, and the 2022 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award. Embracing a dual role as both performer and pedagogue, her season includes teaching residencies at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and the National Conference of the Music Teachers National Association.

Ms. Cann regularly appears in solo and chamber recitals throughout the U.S., China, and South Korea. Notable venues include the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), and the Barbican (London). She has also appeared as cohost and collaborative pianist with NPR’s From The Top.

An award winner at top international competitions, in 2019 she served as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s MAC Music Innovator in recognition of her role as an African-American classical musician who embodies artistry, innovation, and a commitment to education and community engagement.

Ms. Cann studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music, where she holds the inaugural Eleanor Sokoloff Chair in Piano Studies

Venue Partner

Cleveland Institute of Music LogoMixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music
11021 East Blvd. Cleveland, OH 44106