SHORT BIO (276 words/updated on 3-21-15) [Please click here for shorter bio]
Described as "flashy" and "exciting" (The American Organist, 2012), concert organist Michael Hey has been increasingly visible on concert stages across the country. In 2010, he made his New York City debut in Alice Tully Hall performing Handel’s Organ Concerto #1 with the Juilliard Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan. In 2014 has was featured as organ soloist in the New York City Ballet’s newly commissioned work Acheron. Set to the music of Francis Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, Michael's performance at its premiere was "vividly played" (The New York Times). Michael has been invited to perform solo organ recitals at the Lincoln Center (New York), Carnegie Hall (New York), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), and the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.). Not exclusively a solo organist, Michael enjoys a widely varied career playing that includes collaborations with other instrumentalists and singers, recitals for solo piano, and transcribing for organ and other instruments. He is now in the second season of performing with the Orchestra of St. Luke and the Paul Taylor Dance Company at Lincoln Center. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Michael Hey graduated in 2014 from the five-year degree program at The Juilliard School where he received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Organ Performance under Paul Jacobs. Within one year of his graduation from Juilliard, he was appointed Assistant Director of Music and Organist of the famed St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, where one of his first major tasks was to perform for Masses at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Madison Square Garden for the first U.S. visit of Pope Francis.
Michael Hey is represented exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.