|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.
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: The Seasons op. 37a
January: At the Fireside
March: Song of the Lark
May: Starlit Nights
July: Song of the Reapers
September: The Hunt
October: Autumn Song
Grieg Sonata op.7
Janacek and Seabourne
Janáček - On an Overgrown Path
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!
Seabourne - Miniatures from Steps vol.1
Debussy and Poulenc
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
2. Andante con moto
Sonata in E minor Hob.16/34
3. Allegro molto
Sonata in E flat Major Hob.16/49
2. Adagio e cantabile
3. Finale: Tempo di minuetto
Variations in F minor Hob. 17/6