Michael Hall lives in Chicago and has performed and taught across Europe, Asia and the United States. Described by the New Music Connoisseur as “utterly masterful,” and Chamber Music Today as having “superb technique,” he recently presented to critical acclaim the North American premiere of the first viola concerto written by a Chinese composer, Chen Yi’s, Xian Shi, with the Chicago Composers Orchestra. Hall has been a featured performer at the Thailand International Composition Festival, Positano Chamber Music Festival in Italy, Vianden International Chamber Music Festival in Luxembourg and the Composer’s Concordance Series in New York City. Twice he has presented world premieres at International Viola Congresses at Minneapolis and Reykjavik, Iceland. Hall is on the faculties of VanderCook College of Music, and the Chicago Academy for the Arts, a Kennedy Center Award recipient. He is a graduate of Ball State University, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Composer, Mara Gibson and violist, Michael Hall first met in Bangkok, Thailand as a part of the Thailand International Composition Festival in 2009. In 2011, Michael premiered Mara's Canopy, especially composed for him, at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in celebration of Roxy Paine's new installation, Ferment. Since then, the violist and composer have recorded and released Canopy, and participated in several new projects including Mara's new trio, Methods, for clarinet, viola and piano. The two have presented together in Bangkok, Kansas City, Chicago and at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. They will be touring the east coast in March with performances and presentations at the University of Virginia, the Salon Series in Philadelphia, Ithaca and Bennington Colleges. They share affections for new music, teaching and art.
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