Michael Yannette



School of Stage & Screen
Staff Pianist
Email: mayannette@email.wcu.edu

Education: Mr. Yannette is a graduate of Florida State University where he was named the 1986 Presser Scholar and received various honors including the Ernst von Dohnanyi Prize and the winner of both the FSU Concerto Competition and the Florida Collegiate Artist Competition


Performance artist Michael Yannette is an exceptional concert pianist, actor, singer, playwright, multi-media artist and music educator who brings together all of his talents to create rich and thoroughly unique theatrical, musical and visual experiences. He wrote, produced and starred in the title role of "An Evening with George Gershwin", a one-man show about the life of the great composer which played to rave reviews nationally. He is currently finishing work on his second theatrical concert entitled "Fantasia on Mysterium" about the life of composer/pianist Alexander Scriabin featuring a choreography of live piano performance, animation, storytelling, lighting, and aromas.

As a soloist, Mr. Yannette recently performed in New York master classes with Jerome Lowenthal of the Julliard School for the Scriabin Society of America. As a composer, he most recently wrote the music for the Kravis Center production of Frannie Sheridan’s "Confessions of a Jewish Shiksa".

As an educator, Mr. Yannette is the recent past Director of Music at Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton, FL where he was recently named Teacher of the Year. He is the co-founder and a director of the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, an organization which has grown to reach over 450 students annually in 8 different choirs through the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, FL. As a choral accompanist, Mr. Yannette has performed for choirs in National, Southern Division and State Level American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conventions and has been an annual accompanist for Florida All-State Choirs. He was also the accompanist for the 2007 National OAKE Children‘s Choir in Denver. Recently, he performed a second time for choirs at both Avery Fischer Hall and Carnegie Hall.

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