Michael Feinstein-the multi-platinum-selling, five-time
and two-time Emmy-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
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 heritage.
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 AmericanSongbook
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 was named principal conductor of the Pasadena
POPS in 2012 and made his conducting debut in June 2013 to celebrated critical acclaim.
Under his leadership, the Pasadena POPS has quickly become the nation's premier presenter
of the Great American Songbook in the orchestral arena, delivering definitive performances
of rare orchestrations and classic arrangements.
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.
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.