Michael Chertock, pianist, first performed publicly at the age of 11. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Frank Weinstock. He has garnered numerous awards at major competitions, among them the top prize in the 1989 Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition (Brahms Division), and the grand prize in the 1993 St. Charles International Piano Competition.
Chertock has collaborated successfully with conductors such as James Conlon, Jaime Laredo, Keith Lockhart and Andrew Litton. In the summer of 2002, he performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Maestro Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra, and the Bach Concerto in B Minor BWV 1058 with Maestro Laredo and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, Chertock stepped in at a moment’s notice to perform Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalila-Symphonie with the Aspen Festival Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Conlon. Chertock’s additional orchestral appearances include solo performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique du Montreal, the Toronto Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic and the Detroit Symphony.
Chertock, a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a regular performer at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, and the Grand Tetons Music Festival in Wyoming. He is the Artistic Director of Cincinnati’s Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions, an interactive music series geared toward children ages 3 to 5.