Michi Wiancko is an internationally-acclaimed and multi-dimensional composer, violinist, and collaborator. Strad Magazine described her music as “intriguing and exquisitely beautiful…music that breaks through the pop classical barrier.”
Michi’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by orchestras, ensembles, and bands throughout the country and around the world. She has been commissioned by the Ecstatic Music Festival, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The SPCO’s Liquid Music series, Aizuri Quartet, Enso Quartet, Sybarite5, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, violinist Mark Fewer, NOW Ensemble, and also composes music for film, commercial, and for her own band, Kono Michi.
Michi’s orchestral work has been performed by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Arkansas Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Harvard Chamber Orchestra, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Boston Conservatory Orchestra, and The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, as well as by youth orchestras in Australia and Colombia.
Valued for her dedication as a collaborator, Michi has performed with and composed for musicians across a vast musical spectrum: Missy Mazzoli, Steve Reich, Silkroad Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma, Wye Oak and Jenn Wasner, Emily Wells, Laurie Anderson, William Brittelle, Daniel Wohl, Emanuel Ax, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Judd Greenstein, Vijay Iyer, International Contemporary Ensemble, The Knights, A Far Cry, and the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. Her work has been featured on radio programs across the country, and she’s joined the band EL VY for an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, performing an arrangement she created for the occasion.
Michi gave her violin solo debuts with the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, performed her recital debut in Carnegie’s Weill Hall, and released a solo album of works by Émile Sauret on Naxos. Michi holds a Bachelor of Music in performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master’s degree from Juilliard, where she studied with the Donald Weilerstein and the late Robert Mann, respectively.