Michael Lenahan is a Toledo-based pianist. Lenahan received his bachelor’s degree in piano performance from The Juilliard School where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal. Other teachers include Anita Wilkin, Robert Saterlee, and Logan Skelton. In 2009, he won the Toledo Symphony Young Artists Concerto Competition, performing with the orchestra; second place in the International Zimmerli Piano Competition in 2011 and 2013. Michael won the Toledo Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition two years in a row, and first place in the 2012 Graves Piano Competitions, as well as winning a discretionary award in the 2012 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition. Lenahan’s involvement in chamber music has led to performances in many colorful venues, including Alice Tully Hall. Chamber music teachers include Joseph Kalichstein, Jonathan Feldman, and Sylvia Rosenberg.
Lenahan is dedicated to performing works of living composers. He performed as the whistler for Ursula Oppens in her recent recording of Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated—a recording that was a 2016 Grammy nominee for “Best Classical Instrumental Solo.”