Michael Oike enjoys a diverse musical life in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He maintains a piano teaching studio at the MCMA; is heard in performances of chamber music and as vocal or instrumental accompanist; conducts piano and pedagogy workshops and master classes, and adjudicates at music festivals in Manitoba and across Canada. Michael began his piano studies with Alice Nakauchi and Syndey McInnis in Winnipeg and later with Boris Lysenko at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto where he was awarded the Forsythe Scholarship as the outstanding graduating pianist. Michael has studied the piano solo and chamber repertoire with the noted pedagogue Jeaneane Dowis at her private studio and as a fellowship student at the Waterloo Festival at Princeton University. Michael has also studied the piano/vocal repertoire with Martin Isepp at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, England and the Banff Centre of Fine Arts, and with Rudolf Jansen at the Mountain view Festival in Alberta. Michael is dedicated to the festival movement and its continuing support for music students – he has served as President of the Winnipeg Music Festival and Piano Syllabus Chair of the AMAF Provincial Syllabus Committee.
What is your education and experience?
Graduate pianist at University of Toronto.
How are your lessons unique?
Every student works at their own level…different ways to help each student reach a successful performance.
What made you decide to study music?
So many great pieces to learn, solo, chamber, vocal/instrumental piano.
What would you say to someone who is interested in studying music?
Give it a try, find what kind of music interests you.