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Harpsichordist & Conductor, Michael Thomas Asmus, is currently studying at Stony Brook University for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Harpsichord Performance with Arthur Haas. As a conductor, he has been praised as a “conscientious [conductor]” with “a natural talent” and “a bright future” by audiences and ensembles alike. His continuo playing has been called “excellent,” and he is consistently lauded by his colleagues as a great musical collaborator.

Recent musical engagements have seen him as a participant as a guest musician with the Rose Ensemble and as a conductor at the International Conducting Workshop and Festival in Lviv Ukraine where he led the Lviv Philharmonic in concert. He frequently plays continuo in many student recitals and he has been a student conductor and the continuo player for the annual Messiah Sing-along at the Staller Center Recital Hall at Stony Brook.

In 2019 he made his Opera NEO (San Diego) debut as the Assistant Conductor and Vocal Coach for Opera NEO’s production of Cavalli’s La Calisto. He had previously been the assistant conductor for Stony Brook Opera’s production of Benjamin Britten’s Rape of Lucretia (2017) and the Stony Brook Opera’s/Stony Brook Baroque Players’ production of Rameau’s Pygmalion (2018). He made his international debut as a harpsichordist and continuo player in March 2017 at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Ciudad de Puebla, México playing a concert of Renaissance-, Baroque-, and Classical-era music with cellist Eduardo Carpinteyro and violinist Saúl Rodríguez.

Since June 2011, Michael has acted as the Music and Artistic Director of La Grande Bande, a non-profit, period instrument orchestra and chorus he founded in the same year. La Grande Bande will produce its first full concert series for the 2019-2020 season. You can find out more about La Grande Bande here.

Michael is also a founding partner for Agricultural Innovations, LLC a family-owned organic fertilizer business based in Minnesota. You can find out more by visiting www.highislandorganics.com or finding us on Facebook @HighIslandOrganics. He is a graduate of Sibley East High School and Gustavus Adolphus College where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organ Performance. He completed his Master of Music degree at Stony Brook in 2017.

Updated 9.12.2019

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Michael Thomas Asmus, harpsichordist & conductor, has been praised as a “conscientious” conductor with “a natural talent” and “a bright future” by audiences and ensembles alike. His continuo playing has been called “excellent” and he is continually lauded by his colleagues as a musical collaborator.  At ease in numerous genres and roles, Mr. Asmus has worked as a collaborative pianist, continuo player, conductor, and organist at various institutions.  

He received his Master of Music degree in harpsichord performance from Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY) under the tutelage of Arthur Haas and his Bachelor of Arts degree in organ performance from Gustavus Adolphus College (St Peter, MN). His teachers also include Tim Long (conducting) and Asako Hirabayashi (harpsichord). He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University with Arthur Haas.

He has recently performed as a guest musician with The Rose Ensemble. In May 2019, he led an education project at Sibley East High School with his orchestra La Grande Bande. He will join the faculty of Opera NEO in July to assistant conduct their production of Cavalli’s La Callisto.

For a complete biography, please visit www.MichaelThomasAsmus.com.

Updated 5.31.2019.

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