Michi Wiancko

CREA (Composers for Racial Equality in the Arts) 2019 Mentor


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 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 B.Mus. 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.

Valued for her dedication as a collaborator, Michi has worked closely with musicians across a vast musical spectrum: Missy Mazzoli, Steve Reich, Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma, Wye Oak and Jenn Wasner, Emily Wells, Laurie Anderson, William Brittelle, Daniel Wohl, Emanuel Ax, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Vijay Iyer, International Contemporary Ensemble, The Knights, A Far Cry, to name a few. She has also toured several times with Musicians from Marlboro, and is a co-founder of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra.

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, 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 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.

A native of California, Michi lives in Gill, a small farming community in western Massachusetts, where she and her husband, composer Judd Greenstein, run Antenna Cloud Farm, a music festival and artistic retreat on their 100 acre hilltop home.