MICHI WIANCKO is an internationally-acclaimed and multi-dimensional violinist, composer, and collaborator, described by Gramophone as an "alluring soloist with heightened expressive and violinistic gifts.” She gave her debut concerto performances with the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, made her NY recital debut in Carnegie’s Weill Hall, and released a solo album of works by Émile Sauret on Naxos. She has performed and toured extensively with a diverse array of today’s leading ensembles and soloists in classical and contemporary music, including Silk Road Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), The Knights, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Musicians from Marlboro, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Jeremy Denk, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and Vijay Iyer.
As a composer, Michi has written an ever-growing body of work for her band, Kono Michi, described by The Strad as “intriguing and exquisitely beautiful…music that breaks through the pop classical barrier.” Her compositions have been commissioned by Ecstatic Music Festival, Liquid Music, Enso Quartet, Sybarite 5, and international violin soloist, Tai Murray. Michi co-composed (as well as performed, recorded, and mixed) the original score of the film The Mend, profiled by Time Magazine as one of the Top 10 films at SXSW. She has worked closely with the indie rock band Wye Oak, re-imagining their songs for electro-acoustic ensemble. She has also arranged for the band EL VY (comprised of Brent Knopf and The National's Matt Berninger), whom she joined for an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Michi’s arrangements have 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.
Highlights from her current season include a Steve Reich world premiere in Carnegie Hall with ICE, duo concerts with pianist Michael Mizrahi, a collaborative electro-acoustic project with composers William Brittelle, Daniel Wohl, and Missy Mazzoli, and a national tour of a production of the epic Persian love story, Layla and Majnun - a collaboration between Mark Morris Dance Group, Silk Road Ensemble, and one of Azerbaijan’s national treasures, mugham singer Alim Qasimov.
A native of California, Michi shares her time between Manhattan and a small farming community in western Massachusetts called Gill, where she and her husband, composer Judd Greenstein, are creating a music festival and artistic retreat on their 100 acre hilltop home, Antenna Cloud Farm. Michi holds a B.Mus. in performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master’s degree from Juilliard, where she studied with Donald Weilerstein and Robert Mann, respectively.