Michael Bond

Musician.Educator.Composer

Michael Bond started playing piano when he was 4 years old. By the time he was 6, he was playing in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in NYC. After competing classically for 7 years, he began studying jazz. He was mentored by artists Stanley Cowell, Jim Ridl, Orrin Evans, and Mike LeDonne. Michael was a special recipient of both the Excellence in Jazz Performance Award and the Arthur G. Humphrey Award for Music Education while attending Rutgers University. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Music Degree in both Jazz Performance and Music Education in 2012.

Since then, the young pianist has continued to develop a growing audience in both the NYC music scene and around the world. Michael has had the privilege of sharing the stage with many notable artists including: Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band, Conrad Herwig, Josh Evans, Curtis Lundy, Duane Eubanks, Bruce Williams, Mark Gross and many others. He has performed at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival, the Canadian Music Festival in Toronto, and the NYC Winter Jazz Festival. Michael was most recently featured on Jean Chaumont's debut recording "The Beauty of Differences" alongside artists Ike Sturm, Rudy Royston, Tierney Sutton and Sam Sadigursky. The album received a 4-star review in Downbeat Magazine. Michael is a Community Advisory Board Member for WBGO 88.3.

In addition to his work as a freelance pianist, Michael is also an active music director for various theater companies in the tri-state area. He received a NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Music Direction in 2017. He is a part-time staff accompanist at Rider University for their award-winning Musical Theater Program.