Pianist and composer Michael Gees won the Steinway competition in 1961 and made his concert
debut at the age of ten. Whilst studying music in Salzburg, Wien, Detmold and Hannover, he devoted
equal time to performing jazz, standard classical repertoire and composing. The rst recordings of his
work, released in the early 80s, led to a number of subsequent commissions. In 1989 he founded
forum kunstvereint (“Art Unites”) to give scope for the development of childrens’ creativity. Since
2001 he has been the Artistic Director of the Consol Theater in Gelsenkirchen.
M. Gees’ repertory ranges from Scarlatti to contemporary music. He is a prolic recording artist and,
since 1991, has become a regular on the touring circuit, both as an accompanist as well as a recitalist
of innovative programmes. He appears regularly in the world’s most signicant venues. His longstanding
collaboration with Christoph Prégardien includes several recordings; he has also released
CDs of solo piano music, combining interpretations, extempores and his own compositions.