Michael Song

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Semi-Final Round Repertoire

  • SERGEI PROKOFIEV Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119
    • I. Andante grave
  • LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Sonata for Piano and Cello No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5, No. 2
    • II. Rondo. Allegro (in G major)
  • PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62
  • MARJAN MOZETICH The Turmoil of Madame Butterfly
  • ZOLTÁN KODÁLY Sonata in B minor for Solo Cello, Op. 8
    • III. Allegro molto vivace


Praised by cellist Ronald Leonard as having “prodigious technique, a beautiful sound,” and “something special to say,” cellist Michael Song has appeared in recital in venues including Koerner Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Harris Hall at the Aspen Music Festival. In 2019, Michael appeared across the USA and Canada and received invitations to participate in the Concours OSM in Montreal and the Bader and Overton Canadian Cello Competition in Kingston as a semi-finalist. January 2020 saw Michael perform the Dvorak Concerto in Koerner Hall, Toronto, and the summer included invitations to Aspen, Domaine Forget, and Sarasota. He regularly performs in duo with pianist SaeYoon Chon, prizewinner in the Dublin, Verbier, and Orford competitions among many others.

Michael currently studies with Hans Jørgen Jensen and Andrés Díaz at the Glenn Gould School, completing his undergraduate studies next year at the age of 20. He was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at 17. Michael is also an alumnus of the Colburn School where he served as principal cellist of the Colburn Virtuosi from 2017-18. At Colburn, he studied with Clive Greensmith, Hans Jensen, Ronald Leonard, and Arnold Steinhardt. Michael’s other significant teachers have included the late Lynn Harrell, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Richard Aaron, Laurence Lesser, Mark Kosower, and Danjulo Ishizaka.

Michael performs on a rare cello made in 1723 by Domenico Montagnana and a bow by the master Jean Pierre Marie Persoit.

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