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Dr. Michael Esch

Founded in 2020, Esch Music Academy is a small but elite music school in Markham, Ontario, Canada. Our students include National Gold Medal Winners on RCM exams, multiple winners of international, national and provincial piano competitions, orchestral soloists with major orchestras, and recital soloists in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and Koerner Hall. Our students are regularly featured on radio and television in performance and interview, and have been full scholarship participants in major international music festivals such as the Morningside Music Bridge and John O’Conors “Beethoven Boot Camp”.

Dr. Michael Esch holds a DMA in performance from Rice University where his teachers included Robert Roux and John Kimura Parker.

Dr. Esch has been featured in many recitals throughout Canada including the Glenn Gould Studio for the CBC, and for the Canadian University Music Society. He has also appeared in concert throughout Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, the United States and Germany, as well as various centers in the far east. He has performed with numerous orchestras in Canada, and has collaborated with a number of acclaimed artists including the Belgian violinist Michael Guttman and the eminent violist, Rivka Golani, as well as the Canadian Sinfonietta Chamber Players. The Canadian Composer Robert Rival has composed and dedicated the work ‘6 pieces for Piano’ (found in the ARCT and LRCM repertoire lists) for Michael. Dr. Esch is a featured pianist on the RCME 2015 Piano Syllabus CD set.

Michael is a sought after adjudicator in Canada and internationally. He has served on staff at the RCM since 2009 and is a regular masterclass clinician for the Taylor Young Artist Performance Academy.

Dr. Esch has been recognized by Steinway and Sons since 2016 as a ‘Top Teacher”, and in 2020 was conferred a National Teacher of Distinction Award by the Royal Conservatory of Music.

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