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Michael Hall

Chicago, IL            

Michael Hall lives in Chicago and has performed and taught across Europe, Asia and the United States. Described by the New Music Connoisseur as “utterly masterful,” and Chamber Music Today as having “superb technique,” he recently presented to critical acclaim the North American premiere of the first viola concerto written by a Chinese composer, Chen Yi’s, Xian Shi, with the Chicago Composers Orchestra. Hall has been a featured performer at the Thailand International Composition Festival, Positano Chamber Music Festival in Italy, Vianden International Chamber Music Festival in Luxembourg and the Composer’s Concordance Series in New York City. He has presented world premieres at International Viola Congresses in Los Angeles,  Minneapolis and Reykjavik, Iceland, and just completed a solo recital tour to Vienna and northern Italy.  Hall recently made his Chicago Orchestra Hall solo debut with the world premiere of Kim Diehnelt’s “Montegar” for solo viola and strings.

Compositions written for Michael Hall include works by  Mary Kouyoumdjian, Stacy Garrop, Eric Moe, Jim Mobberley, Narong Prangcharoen (Thailand), Matthew Burtner, Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Christian Ellenwood, Mara Gibson, Antonio Celso Ribeiro (Brazil), Francine Trester, Tony Manfredonia, Sharon Hartanto (Indonesia), Marta Ptaszynska, Rob Deemer, Arshia Samsaminia (Iran) and Yu Pengfei (China). 

Future premieres of works written for Hall include compositions by Evan Williams, Ed Windels, Alan Theisen, Fauzie Wiriadisastra, Ilya Levinson and chamber works  by Garrett Schumann,  and Antonio Celso Ribeiro. In addition Hall has presented the Asian premieres of works by Elliott Carter, Zhou Long, Shulamit Ran and Nico Muhly, Hall has championed the music of Alfred Schnittke, Stephen Paulus and Kee Yong Chong. 

Commercial recordings can be found on the Delos, Centaur, Navona, Acoma, Clarion, Vienna Modern Masters, and Albany Records labels.

Hall has performed on Thailand’s PBS-TV, National Public Radio’s “Live From Studio A” and been featured on Chicago’s WFMT’s new music program “Relevant Tones.” Hall regularly performs with the Chicago Philharmonic, Joffrey Ballet, Ravinia Festival, Chicago Bach Ensemble and Chicago Composers Orchestras. Future solo performances include the Sonict New Music Series, Philadelphia Salon Series, Carriage Barn Series, Bennington College, Pianoforte Series, CUBE New Music Series and University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory Composition Workshop, where he will be a featured performer. Hall will also be making his sixth appearance at the Thailand International Composition Festival in Bangkok.

Stacy Garrop’s Viola Concerto: “Krakatoa” (2018)

Stacy Garrop wrote “Krakatoa” (2018) for me with a grant from the Barlow Foundation Grant.
1. Imminent – 0:00
2. Eruption – 3:02
3. Dormant – 12:16
World Premiere with the Bandung Philharmonic in Indonesia. Robert Nordling, cond.
US Premiere with the Baroque on Beaver Island Music Festival. Robert Nordling, cond.

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Mary Kouyoumdjian – “A Boy and A Makeshift Toy” (2016)

A piece I commissioned from Mary Kouyoumdjian. I gave the world premiere at the 2016 Thailand International Composition Festival in Bangkok with pianist Christopher Janwong McKiggan. Since, I’ve performed the piece over 50 times.

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Chen Yi’s Viola Concerto – “Xian Shi”

This is my US Premiere of Chen Yi’s “Xian Shi” with the Chicago Composers Orchestra.

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