Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer
dubbed "Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," is considered one of the premier
interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at
Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and the Hollywood Bowl, as well as the White House
and Buckingham Palace.
More than simply a performer, Mr. Feinstein has received national recognition for his
commitment to celebrating America's popular song and preserving its legacy for the next
generation. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative,
dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs,
master classes, and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards
scholarships and prizes to students across the country. He also serves on the Library of
Congress' National Recording Preservation Board-an organization dedicated to ensuring the
survival, conservation, and increased public availability of America's sound recording
In April 2013, Mr. Feinstein released Change of Heart: The Songs of André
Previn (Concord) in collaboration with the legendary composer-conductor-pianist.
The album featured Previn's repertoire from his catalogue of pop songs that have most
commonly been featured in motion pictures.
Mr. Feinstein earned his fifth Grammy nomination in 2009 for The Sinatra Project,
his Concord Records CD celebrating the music of "Ol' Blue Eyes." The Sinatra Project,
Volume II: The Good Life was released in 2011. His Emmy-nominated
TV special, Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Legacy-taped live at the Palladium in
Carmel, Indiana-aired across the country. His PBS series Michael Feinstein's American
Songbook was the recipient of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Television
Broadcast Award; the first two seasons are now available on DVD. For his nationally
syndicated public radio program Song Travels, Mr. Feinstein interviews and
performs alongside such music luminaries as Bette Midler, Neil Sedaka, Liza Minnelli, Moby,
Rickie Lee Jones, David Hyde Pierce, and others.
Mr. Feinstein's book, The Gershwins and Me (Simon & Schuster) includes a
CD of Gershwin standards performed with pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Recently, Mr. Feinstein
released The Power of Two (a collaboration with Glee and 30
Rock star Cheyenne Jackson) and Cheek to Cheek (with Broadway
legend Barbara Cook).
Mr. Feinstein serves as artistic director of the Center for the Performing Arts-a $170
million, three-theater venue in Carmel, Indiana. The theater is home to an annual
international Great American Songbook festival, diverse live programming, and a museum for
Mr. Feinstein's rare memorabilia and manuscripts. In 2010, he also became director of Jazz
at Lincoln Center's Jazz and Popular Song Series. In 2013, he replaced the late Marvin
Hamlisch as the lead conductor of the Pasadena Pops.
The roots of all this work began in Columbus, Ohio, where Mr. Feinstein started playing
piano by ear when he was five. After graduating from high school, he worked in local piano
bars for two years, moving to Los Angeles when he was 20. The widow of legendary concert
pianist-actor Oscar Levant introduced him to Ira Gershwin in July 1977. Mr. Feinstein
became Gershwin's assistant for six years, which earned him access to numerous unpublished
Gershwin songs, many of which he has since performed and recorded.
For more information, visit michaelfeinstein.com.