Pianist and Showman extraordinaire
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Michael McDowell has a musical upbringing as varied as Louisiana's multicultural background.Though classically trained, he grew up listening to the piano stylings of Elton John and George Winston and began composing for piano before he was a teenager. Now he defines his unique style as “classical-contemporary crossover”. Drawing from the rhythmic syncopations of modern music and complex harmonic and melodic contours of Baroque and Classical composers, each piece McDowell performs is a virtuosic gumbo seasoned with his own distinctive touch and flare- an approach that has earned him a considerable following.
McDowell has performed at the Shaw Center in solo and with an orchestra. You will be enthralled by his showmanship and his artistry.