Trained at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, pianist Michael Sheppard studied with Leon Fleisher and Ann Shein and received a Bachelor and a Master Degree.
In 2004, he toured Southern Asia and the Middle East as one of two Classical Fellows of the American Pianists Association, making his Kennedy Center debut upon his return.
In addition to solo recitals, he has performed with number of orchestras throughout the United States and Europe.
Critically acclaimed as an interpreter of transcriptions of operatic tunes as well as American musicals, he is also deeply committed to contemporary music and he has worked closely with composers Nicholas Maw, Michael Hersch, Robert Sirota and John Corigliano.
A composer of is own right, Sheppard often plays his original compositions.
As a prizewinner at La Gesse Foundation, he presented concerts of solo and chamber music in France and Italy, as well as three concerts in Carnegie’s Weill Hall in New York. He won several other awards and prizes, to include the National Federation of Music Clubs National Competition, the Munz Competition and the Poulenc Plus Competition.