Michael Thomopoulos

Michael Thomopoulos

Michael Thomopoulos is the founder and director of The Palisades School of Music in New Jersey. Under his leadership,  the school has developed into a preeminent school for gifted children at the pre-college level.  His students have been accepted into The Juilliard School ,  The Manhattan School of Music,  The New England Conservatory of Music,  The Oberlin Conservatory of Music,  The Eastman School of Music and Harvard University. His students routinely win top prizes in international competitions.  Some recent first prize awards include:  The Chopin International Competition of Hartford CT,   The New Jersey Music Teachers Association (NJMTA) Young Musicians Competition ,  The American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented (AADGT) Competition,  The American Protege International Piano & Strings Competition AND Concerto Competition.  The National League of Performing Arts (NLPA) Young Musicians Showcase Competition.  The  Olympic Challenge Competition, and The 17th. New York Music Competition,  just to name a few.  His students have traveled around the world for performances, master classes  and competitions in musical cities such as:  Berlin-Germany,  Busko Zdroj-Poland,  Dresden-Germany,  Leipzig-Germany,  Moscow-Russia,  New York City,  Vancouver-Canada,  Vianden-Luxembourg,  Vienna-Austria, and Seattle-Washington, and more invitations for participation in music festivals abroad.

Mr. Thomopoulos  has judged  competitions and auditions such as:  The Crescendo International Competition,  The New York University (NYU) Concerto Competition,  The New Jersey Music Teachers Association (NJMTA) Competition,  The Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) New Jersey State Level Competition,  The Prima International Competition,  The Cecilian Club Young Artists Competition, and others. He has been invited to conduct Master Classes at The Central Music School for gifted children in the Moscow State Conservatory,  The Prima International Competition, New York University,  and joint master class with Professor Igor Lebedev PhD, Vice President of St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia.  

As an expert on piano pedagogy at the pre-professional level, Michael Thomopoulos was invited to speak at the 1996 National Pedagogy Conference in Chicago,  and also at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Philadelphia.  Again this year, Mr. Thomopoulos was chosen to be listed in "Who's Who in America"  and "Who's Who in the World" for his outstanding contributions to music education.

Winner of numerous musical awards and prizes,  including the Gina Bachauer International Competition and the prestigious International Concert Artist Guild Competition.  As winner of the latter, he made his formal New York Recital Debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1978.  Mr. Thomopoulos has performed as guest soloist with orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra and The Juilliard Philharmonia.  His many solo and chamber music credits include performances at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center and the Tanglewood Festival as well a radio and television appearances.

He holds a bachelor's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Master's Degree from the Juilliard School.  His major teachers were Russell Sherman and Sascha Gorodnitski.