Pianist, Composer, Improvisator
"...with his effortless and deeply inspired art Mikhail Ognianer seems to impart his soul to the audience." (Münchner Merkur)
Mikhail Ognianer, born 1980 in Moscow, received his first piano lessons as he was 4. At 6 he became a student of the The Central music school (College) at the P.I. Tchaikovsky Moscow state Conservatory where he studied with E. Liebermann and E. Timakin. Performances in philharmonic halls of Russia and in various cities of Eastern and Western Europe presented Mikhail's art to a wider audience.
At 12 Mikhail gave his first recitals in the USA. Next year he won the concerto competition of the "Interlochen Center for the Arts" (Michigan, USA). Other accolades followed: a diploma at the V. Krainev International Young Pianists Competition; a scholarship of the "Meranofest" International Piano Festival (Merano, Italy); a scholarship of the Credo-Bank (Moscow). Mikhail Ognianer moved to Germany in 1997. He studied with V. Soukhanov at the Richard-Strauss-Conservatory, in 1999 went on to the Munich Music University to study with E. Wirssaladze and F. Berger. He was awarded his diploma in 2004,
In the years to follow the young musician extended his focus to include jazz and world music; creative writing, too, became a big part of his life, as well as teaching music. All the while Mikhail still finds both inspiration and time to perform regularly at such prestigious scenes as "Bayerischer Hof" (Munich), "Hirsch" (Moosburg), "Adler" (Schwarzwald) etc.; he leads weekly music events and jam-sessions at the piano-bar "Eclipse" (Munich) an records a number of albums as a soloist and a sideman with with various interprets.
Since 2018 Mikhail shares his time between Moscow and Berlin, in demand as a producer of classical, pop, rock, jazz and crossover music. After a prolonged pause Mikhail Ognianer enjoyed a comeback to the art of classical piano. Since then he performs regularly as a soloist and in various ensembles. His main vocation is, however, composing, producing and performing original works of neoclassical / avant-garde / IDM music deeply rooted in eastern Meditation of Yogic and Tantric tradition, working both solo and in collaborations with various distinguished musicians all over the world.