Acclaimed concert pianist Michael A. Harris, received his early musical training in Brooklyn, New York at the Brooklyn College Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts, under the instruction of Victoria Freyberg. Awards included being named 1st place winner of the BACA competition in New York City, with winners’ recital at Carnegie Hall, and Finalist in the Young Keyboard Artist Competition in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Mr. Harris continued his piano studies at the University of Southwest Florida School of Music, in Tampa, Florida, with Joseph Schwartz, where he earned the Bachelor of Music Degree in Classical Piano Performance. While there in 1999, he made his debut with the Florida Orchestra at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Mr. Harris was featured soloist in the Orchestra’s “Kids’ Playtime Concert Series” in their presentation of Camille Saint-Saen’s “Carnival of the Animals”. He was also winner of the University of South Florida 2001 Concerto Competition, performing the Franz Liszt Piano Concerto in E- flat major at the winners’ recital. In 2001, while working on the Master of Music Degree in Classical Piano Performance, under the direction of Dr. Miguel Salvador, Mr. Harris was named winner of the Florida International University Annual Concerto Competition. Since then, Mr. Harris has given numerous solo piano recitals and has participated in several musical collaborations throughout Southwest, Florida, New York, Maryland, Washington D.C., and San Francisco.Mr. Harris’s Teachers have also included Frances Walker, Hermon Diaz, and Agustin Anievas.