Pianist Michael Malakouti, whose playing is characterized by powerful technique and robust energy coupled with expressive sensitivity, has earned high praise for his performances in venues throughout Southern California and Western Europe. He regularly captivates audiences with eclectic programming, an enormous tonal palette, and his compelling presence in service to the music.
Most recently Mr. Malakouti was named Grand Prize Winner of the University of Redlands Concerto Competition. As a result, he is appearing as soloist with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra on February 14, 2015 in Memorial Chapel, under the baton of Boi Co Nguyen, in a performance of Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 in F minor.
Mr. Malakouti is presently completing the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Redlands under the tutelage of distinguished teacher and performer Louanne Long. Malakouti is a recipient of the Lehigh endowed piano scholarship, a past winner of the President’s Honor Recital auditions, and a contestant in the International Liszt Competition. In 2013, he received the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Redlands. Currently he serves as Assistant to Professor Long.
A native of Moreno Valley, Malakouti began studying music seriously at Riverside Community College under the instruction of Jasminka Knecht, and Judith Johansen. While at RCC, he was the recipient of the Carroll L. and Rose T. Quinn Scholarship and recognized as the Student of Distinction in Piano.
On two different occasions, Malakouti has had the enriching experience of studying and performing abroad. In 2009, Michael received a scholarship to attend the Dartington College of Arts in England where he studied with renowned pianist, John Lill. During this period he met master harpsichord builder and performer Colin Booth. This was Malakouti’s first introduction to the harpsichord, sparking a love for the instrument that has persisted. He continues to study and perform early music as well as contemporary music written for the harpsichord. Four years after his experiences in England, Malakouti returned to Europe for intense concentration in the culture and history of the Masters of Classical music. In the Spring of 2013, he was accepted as a student of artist teacher Cordelia Höfer-Teutsch at the Mozarteum Music Academy in Salzburg, Austria.
In addition to performing, Mr. Malakouti teaches a full studio of students ranging in age from young to old. He was integral in the development of the successful San Bernardino CAPS music program, which offered free music lessons after school to disadvantaged children.
Michael Malakouti finds his true passion is sharing music with others. And this he continues to do with utmost success through the channels of public performance, teaching, and charity work.