INFECTIOUS."

that is

and energy about, music and teaching,

"He brings to the environment a love for

- Jos Taylor Head of Music, Herschel Girls School

Andries Malherbe - CEO, ILIO Energy

'In my view he simply operates on

different level of quality and a

higher standard to any other educator.'

Bill Chen - Tisch School of the Arts

'It is his capability to read a student

that separates him from not just piano teachers,

but all teachers.'

Thomas von Zahn - University of Cape Town

of rapport required to not only teach,

'He is simply excellent at building the level

but impart real value in that of teaching.'

Wayne Teo - Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris

'It is his love for music,

which he imparts to his students that

distinguishes him from the crowd.'

About Michael Low

As a teenager, Michael studied piano under the guidance of Richard Frostick before enrolling in London’s prestigious Centre for Young Musicians, where he studied composition with the English composer Julian Grant, and piano with the internationally acclaimed pedagogue Graham Fitch. During his studies at Surrey University in England, Michael made his debut playing Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto in the 1999 Guildford International Music Festival, before graduating with Honours under the tutelage of Clive Williamson. In 2000, Michael obtained his Masters in Music (also from Surrey University), specialising in music criticism, studio production and solo performance under Nils Franke.

An international scholarship brought Michael to the University of Cape Town, where he resumed his studies with Graham Fitch. During this time, Michael was invited to perform Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto for The Penang Governer’s Birthday Celebration Gala Concert. In 2009, Michael obtained his Doctorate in Music from the University of Cape Town under the supervision of South Africa greatest living composer, Hendrik Hofmeyr. His thesis set out to explore the Influence of Romanticism on the Evolution of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes.

In 2013, Michael started a project in Singapore collaborating with The Kawai School Elite in a series of masterclasses and workshops for teachers and students. Having grown up in the East and lived his life in the West, Michael believes that both cultures has much to offer and envisage an exchange between Singapore and Cape Town in the future.

Michael is also the co-founder of the Elvira Ensemble – a Classical Chamber Orchestra specialising in the Piano Concertos of Mozart and Beethoven as well as Soundtracks from Blockbuster Hollywood Movies. The Ensemble have given performances at several high-profile events such as the wedding of Justin Snaith, South Africa’s leading race-horse trainer. In January 2020, the ensemble was engaged to perform at the wedding of the former Miss Universe and Miss South Africa, Miss Demi-Leigh Nel Peters.

Michael has also worked with numerous eminent teachers and pianists, including Nina Svetlanova, Niel Immelman, Frank Heneghan, James Gibb, Phillip Fowke, Renna Kellaway, Carolina Oltsmann, Florian Uhlig, Gordon Fergus Thompson, Francois du Toit and Helena van Heerden.

Michael currently holds teaching positions in two of Cape Town’s exclusive education centres: Western Province Preparatory School and Herschel School for Girls. He is very much sought after as a passionate educator of young children.

Michael has also served as a jury member in the 2nd WPTA Singapore International Piano Competition in 2020. He has been engaged for a series of talks and masterclasses with the WPTA Indonesia in September of 2021.

The Singapore Project

Ensemble

Portfolio

The Elvira Ensemble plays Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major
Michael Low plays Wagner/Liszt Isolde’s Liebestod
The Elvira Ensemble plays Love Theme by the Sea by Randall Meyers
The Elvira Ensemble plays Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor (chamber version)
Just who on this earth is Michael Low? (trailer version)
Michael Low plays Beethoven Piano Sonata in E major Opus 109 1st movement
Michael Low plays Beethoven Piano Sonata in E major Opus 109 2nd movement
Michael Low plays Beethoven Piano Sonata in E major Opus 109 3rd movement (extract)
Michael Low plays Liszt Ballade No. 2 in B minor (extract)
Michael Low plays Liszt Benediction de Dieu dans la Solitude (extract)
Michael Low plays Wagner/Liszt Tannhauser Overture (complete version)
Michael Low plays Wagner/Liszt Tannhauser Overture (trailer version)
Just who on this earth is Michael Low? (complete version)

Testimonials

Sebastian Golding - University of Cape Town

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'He genuinely cares about the people he interacts with and…

Jade Kruger - Herschel Girls School

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'Dr Low, thank you for the past five years of mentorship…

MG Kader - Scholarship Winner, South African College School

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'He will push you to do your utmost best with every piece,…

William Cahill - Rhodes Scholarship Elect

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'His interest in me, years later, has not changed, as is…

Melissa Qwek - National University of Singapore

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'His passion in teaching, have effectively propel me to recognize…

Wayne Frederic Teo – Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris

‘His methodology is very personal, taking a different approach…

Wang Lan – Soprano

‘在每次的合作演出中,我都能感受到来自他对音乐独特的见解,以及他的音乐知识的丰富。每次的合作,都是如此的顺畅与愉悦。’ 'When…

Thomas Von Zahn – University of Cape Town

‘What he brings to each interaction is more than being…

Philip Pringle – Director of Music, Western Province Preparatory School

‘Michael has an overwhelming desire to always extend himself…

Nick ‘Rusty’ Rouessart – Cedar House High School

‘He taught me how to respect the piano and music itself…

Michael Yang – National University of Taiwan

‘我收獲最大之處,不只是鋼琴技術的提昇,而是對於音樂的全新想像:所謂音樂,是超越形式的、來自內心的情感的傾訴,唯有理解了自己,才能理解音樂。’ 'My…

Michael Thien – Director of MS Works, Singapore

‘He is a highly energetic, passionate educator who wants…

Megan Cunnington – Head of Music, Herschel Girls School

‘His love and passion for music along with his energy and…

Jos Taylor – Director of Music, Herschel Girls School

‘He brings to the environment a love for, and energy about,…

Jeanie Marr – Scholarship Winner, Herschel Girls School

'There are no words that are worthy of describing how grateful…

Graham Fitch – International pianist, pedagogue and adjudicator

‘I was struck from the beginning by his enormous enthusiasm…

Elise Malherbe

‘The fact that he understands and “gets” all three…

Dr. Andrew Golding – Chief Executive, Pam Golding Poperties (PTY) LTD

‘Michael Low is an extremely accomplished piano teacher…

Bill Chen – Tisch School of the Arts

‘It’s his capability to read a student, define and balance…

Andries Malherbe – CEO, Ilio Energy

‘In my view, he simply operates on a higher standard and…

Allan Chen – Boston University

‘What Michael has showed me is that music must be expressed…
‘Everyone has something to say, it just so happens that some of us have just a bit more to say than others’

– Michael Low (From the interview in The Cross-Eyed Pianist)

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Special Thanks To

Chenshia • Cross-Eyed Pianist • Elvira Ensemble • Fuhtography • Herschel School for Girls • Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos • Ilio Energy • Jan Theron Photography • Kawai Music School Elite • Lemonsquare Productions • MS Works Singapore • Pam Golding Properties • Sardines Dance Collective • Sole Concepts • Titanium Television • University of Cape Town • South African College of Music • University of Huddersfield • Western Province Preparatory School • William Cahill • Allan Chen • Bill Chen • Josie Cunnington • Megan Cunnington • Caspar De Lange • Dr Niki Douglass • Catherine Fisher • Graham Fitch • Kelsey Gibbs • Sebastian Golding • Jess Gwynne-Evans • Professor Hendrik Hofmeyr • M-G Kader • Jade Kruger • Dr Hyun Kook Lee • Dr Laverne Lindenberg • Elise Malherbe • Paul Malherbe • Jean Marr • Ash Quenet-Meintjies • Nigel Meintjies • Robyn Quenet-Meintjies • Renata Puccini • Melissa Qwek • Nick ‘Rusty’ Rouessart • Wayne Frederic Teo • Thomas Von Zahn • Wang Lan • Francis Magdalene Wilson • Jess Worsley • Michael Yang

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