Michael Bell

Michael Bell is a pianist with an excellent technique. His playing was notable for its fluency and clarity.

[The Daily Telegraph]

His performance was a brilliant technical achievement and, more than that, a convincing characterisation.

[The Guardian]

Michael Bell studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Derryck Wyndham and Sulamita Aronovsky at the State Academy of Music in Warsaw, having been awarded the Chopin Fellowship by the Polish Government.

As a consequence of winning several awards and prizes including the prestigious Epinal Competition in France, he has given numerous performances in Europe, Africa and Australia.

Michael Bell's extensive solo repertoire includes 25 concertos and he is also well-known as a chamber music player and accompanist. He has recently released CDs of music by Haydn, Janacek, Tchaikovsky and Grieg, as well as a new piece written for and dedicated to him by the British composer Peter Seabourne.

Michael Bell teaches piano and lectures in performance at the University of Keele. He regularly serves as jury member at national and international piano competitions.

With his recital partner Karen Radcliffe, he has been promoted by the Park Lane Group, Jane Manning, and Novello's. They held a hugely acclaimed tour in the Ukraine in 2009.

Recordings (click the below to listen)

Tchaikovsky and Grieg

Tchaikovsky: The Seasons op. 37a

January: At the Fireside
February: Carnival
March: Song of the Lark
April: Snowdrop
May: Starlit Nights
June: Barcarolle
July: Song of the Reapers
August: Harvest
September: The Hunt
October: Autumn Song
November: Troika
December: Christmas

Grieg Sonata op.7

1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante molto
3. Alla Menuetto, ma poco più lento
4. Finale: Molto allegro

Janacek and Seabourne

Janáček - On an Overgrown Path

Book I

1. Naše večery - Our Evenings
2. Lístek odvanutý - A Blown-Away leaf
3. Pojďte s námi! - Come With Us!
4. Frýdecká panna Maria - The Madonna of Frydek
5. Štěbetaly jak laštovičky - They Chattered Like Swallows
6. Nelze domluvit! - Words Fail!
7. Dobrou noc! - Good Night!
8. Tak neskonale úzko - Unutterable Anguish
9. V pláči - In Tears
10. Sýček neodletěl! - The Barn Owl Has Not Flown Away!

Book II

11. Andante
12. Allegretto - Presto
13. Più mosso
14. Vivo
15. Allegro

Seabourne - Miniatures from Steps vol.1

Split the Lark...
The Sun - Just touched the Morning
Trois Petits Adieux no.1
Trois Petits Adieux no.2
Trois Petits Adieux no.3

Debussy and Poulenc

Debussy: Estampes

1. Pagodes
2. Soirée dans Grenada
3. Jardins sous la pluie

Poulenc 3 Novelettes

Novelette in C major (1927)
Novelette in Bb minor (1928)
Novelette in E minor (1959)


Sonata in C minor Hob.16/20
1. Moderato
2. Andante con moto
3. Allegro

Sonata in E minor Hob.16/34
1. Presto
2. Adagio
3. Allegro molto

Sonata in E flat Major Hob.16/49
1. Allegro
2. Adagio e cantabile
3. Finale: Tempo di minuetto

Variations in F minor Hob. 17/6