About the Artist
A passionate violinist, scholar, and visual artist, Michiko Theurer has served as Artist in Residence for the Boulder Bach Festival and violinist in the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. As a painter, she has been the Artistic Partner of the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival since 2006. She has performed chamber music with artists from Eighth Blackbird, the Pacifica Quartet, Trio Cavatina, and Concertante. Her recording of Toru Takemitsu’s Rocking Mirror Daybreak with violinist Sarah Briggs was released on Navona Records together with a series of paintings she created based on Takemitsu's compositional methods. Her article on Beethoven’s compositional sketches for his string quartet Op. 132 is published in the Journal of Musicological Research.
Michi views conversations between art forms and disciplines as pathways to a deeper engagement with ideas and experiences. She frequently creates programs that interweave visual and musical compositions in contrapuntal dialogue. Together with composer and librettist Jenny Kallick, she created a multimedia visual companion to ARCHITECT, a chamber opera, using her original art, videography, and photography. The resulting work has been shown to critical acclaim in film festivals in Chicago, New York, and Milan, and was described in Opera News as “convincingly evocative of architectural thought and creativity in general.” She recently commissioned and premiered Circling the Waves, a musical conversation for six composers based on her paintings and inspired by Virginia Woolf's novel The Waves.
She has served on the faculty of the Colorado Chamber Orchestra Academy and presented master classes and educational events through the Boulder Bach Festival, Amherst College, and East Carolina University. Michi graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College with majors in English and music and received her MM from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Her teachers have included Harumi Rhodes, Edward Dusinberre, Simin Ganatra, Philipp Naegele, Bayla Keyes, and Ara Gregorian. She holds a DMA in violin performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is currently pursuing a PhD in musicology at Stanford University.