Pianist and tutor Michał Biel graduated from the Juilliard School in New York, studying with Brian Zeger, Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman and J.J. Penna. He also studied with Eytan Pessen at the Opera Academy at the Grand Theatre National Opera in Warsaw, and with Andrzej Jasiński and Grzegorz Biegas at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.
He has performed in the world’s most famous concert halls, such as Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Berliner Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, as well as some of the most prestigious opera houses including: Oper Frankfurt, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéra National du Rhin, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Opera de Lille, El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, and the Grand Theatre-National Opera in Warsaw.
He regularly collaborates with countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, with whom he gives concerts all over the world, also taking part in renowned festivals such as: Verbier Festival, Life Victoria Barcelona and Festival de Lacoste Pierre Cardin. Their performances have been repeatedly broadcast by, among others: Medici.tv, Arte.tv, BBC Radio 3, TVP Kultura, and Polish Radio Programme 2.Read more
As accompanist of American bass, Alexander Rosen, he won the 2nd prize in the Hugo Wolf International Song Competition in Stuttgart (2018). Both artists are also laureates of the Orsay-Royaumont Academy, which brought them to release the album ‘Le Promenoir Des Amants’ together.
His competition record reflects a number of achievements, including the award for outstanding young pianist at the Stanisław Moniuszko International Vocal Competition in Warsaw, the title of best young accompanist at Le Grand Prix de l’Opéra in Bucharest, and the award for outstanding accompaniment at the Ludomir Różycki National Vocal Competition in Gliwice.
As a pianist and coach, he has worked with singers in the Department of Vocal Arts at the Juilliard School in New York, the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, and the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua. He was also associated with the Piano Chamber Music Department at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. Since 2020, he has been a lecturer at the Opera Academy operating in the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw, where he regularly conducts classes for vocalists and pianists.
He has been a part of two album recordings: “Farewells” (recorded with Jakub Józef Orliński with Dolby Atmos technology), which was nominated for the “Fryderyki” award in the Best Polish Album Abroad category and won the Opus Klassik award for Best Singer (Michal check the title of the prize); and “Kraina” with soprano Alexandra Nowakowski, an album of songs by Polish composers.
“[Translated] …and this is probably the time to say how wonderful a pianist [Jakub’s] long-time musical partner Michal Biel is. He makes virtuoso arpeggios flow from one end of the keyboard to the other in the second melody, “Na wzgórzach Gruzji – The hills of Georgia”. Above all, it is his softness of touch, his half-tones, the climates he suggests, his way of suspending time in certain preludes or postludes, which are remarkable.”
“Orlínski and his pianist, Michał Biel, have one of the most symbiotic and vibrant of stage partnerships. It was evident over six months ago; and it was amply on show at this recital. They share the same nationality, a not unimportant asset in chamber music or song recitals. But more than that, they seem able to mirror each other’s tone and inflections; there is a balance in their artistry where you aren’t overly focused on just the singer. So often in song the piano part can become obfuscated, it can escape notice. Biel’s gift is that his art is exactly that; as vivid as an impressionist painting.”