Michael Chertock, piano
Pianist Michael Chertock’s playing has been described as “unmannered, zestful, and lovely” (The Boston Globe). He has fashioned a successful career as an orchestral soloist, collaborating with conductors such as James Conlon, Jaime Laredo and Keith Lockhart and orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique du Montreal, and the Toronto, Baltimore and Detroit symphonies. He has also toured with both the Boston Pops and Cincinnati Pops orchestras. Mr. Chertock made his debut at the age of 17, performing the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 with Andrew Litton conducting.
Mr. Chertock serves as chair of the piano department at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where he received his Master’s Degree as a student of 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.
Mr. Chertock makes his home in Cincinnati with his wife Maaike, son Joshua and daughters Maria and Janneke. Most Sundays you can find him playing piano and organ for services at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.