Winner of the Pianist Prize at the 2019 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Song Competition, Michael Pandya is an increasingly sought-after pianist specialising in song and chamber music. He has appeared in performance alongside many high calibre musicians including Graham Johnson, Jonathan Lemalu, Robin Tritschler, Harriet Burns and William Thomas, and has performed all across the UK, in Europe and in the USA. The past two years have also brought accompaniment prizes at the Gerald Moore Award, Kathleen Ferrier Awards, and Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards.
Michael has recently appeared in performance at the Wigmore Hall, KlavierFestRuhr, Oxford Lieder Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, Royal Overseas-League London, Hinchingbrooke Bösendorfer Series, Aberdeen Youth Festival, the Barbican Hall, Barnes Music Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival, Llandeilo Festival and several live performances on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune. Upcoming engagements include recitals with cellist Leo Popplewell for the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme, recitals for Making Music with soprano Charlotte Bowden and recitals as an Oxford Lieder Young Artist alongside soprano Harriet Burns, including at the Two Moors Festival. He is also a Samling Artist, as well as being a regular pianist for the Samling Academy. He has given recitals for the Park Lane Group and the Concordia Foundation, and received the Graham Johnson Fellowship at SongFest, Los Angeles in 2017.
Michael is a Young Artist at the Bayerische Staatsoper Opera Studio for the 2019/20 season. An experienced repetiteur and vocal coach, he worked as a repetiteur for New Chamber Opera for two years, directing, coaching and conducting numerous productions. He is also a scholar of and regular pianist for the Georg Solti Accademia.
Michael studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Academy of Music and University of Oxford. Teachers have included Graham Johnson, Julius Drake, Michael Dussek, James Baillieu, Ian Brown, Caroline Palmer and Sholto Kynoch. Michael’s studies have been generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Help Musicians UK, the Leverhulme Trust, the Clumber Studio Trust and the Winifred Christie Trust.