Michael Kaykov was born to a musical family and gave his first public performance at the age of six. At seven, he enrolled at the Special Music School of America (New York City).
When Michael was eleven, he was a prize-winner at the Juilliard School of Music’s Third Annual People’s Piano Competition, and in 2006 won the Young Pianists Competition of New Jersey. As a winner, he played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra.
In 2007, he appeared with Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra playing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5.
Michael has appeared at renowned New York City concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, CAMI Hall and Merkin Concert Hall, playing solo and with orchestra.
In 2008, he became a student of professor Jerome Rose at the Mannes College of Music (New York City). He started performing regularly, both in professional venues, and as a community service, to bring classical music to areas in need. Starting from the summer of 2010, through 2011, he gave dozens of performances at the West 74th Street Home, an adult care facility - as a service to the community.
Since 2006, he has regularly participated in the International Keyboard Institute and Festival (New York City), where he had master classes with Leslie Howard, Eteri Andjaparidze, Jeffrey Swann, Alexander Kobrin, Mykola Suk and many others.
In 2011, he was a Quarter-Finalist in the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, Netherlands.
In 2012, Michael received his Bachelor’s Degree with Honors from the Mannes College of Music (New York City).
In 2014 he earned his Master’s Degree at the Juilliard School, where he studied with professor Jerome Lowenthal. As a Juilliard student he participated in masterclasses with Richard Goode and Murray Perahia, and gave many performances in the United States, solo and orchestral appearances - including Paul Hall and Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center.
That same year, he was admitted into the prestigious Doctoral Program (DMA) in Piano Performance at the Manhattan School of Music (New York City), where he currently studies with Dr. Marc Silverman.
Recent performance highlights include the Rachmaninoff 1st Piano Concerto and Paganini Rhapsody, and the Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto, as well as solo recitals throughout the United States.
Michael has played a series of recitals in Beijing at the First Shengyue Sino-American International Music Summer Camp in August 2016, organized by the Asia Pacific Foundation of America and Peking University and was invited to come back again in August 2017 and the during summer of 2019.
In May 2016 Michael finished his required doctoral academic classes at the Manhattan School of Music and began work on his dissertation, while continuing his teaching duties. Performances for the 2016-2017 season included several all-Liszt recitals, as well as an all-Russian music program featuring Prokofiev’s 6th Piano Sonata.
There were several new recital programs presented in 2017-2018 (NYC) including a performance of the complete 12 Scriabin Etudes Op. 8 and a program of piano variations featuring the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Liebermann, and Tchaikovsky.
In 2018, Michael presented several recitals in Germany including a concert in Franz Liszt’s Piano at the Klavierhaus Steingraeber (Bayreuth).
Michael Kaykov is on the faculty at the Harlem School of the Arts (NYC) where he teaches “Intro to Piano” - group classes for beginners ages 4 - 18 (K-9 after school program) as well as adults, as well as individual lessons, and Music Theory.
Since 2019, Michael is a faculty member of the Mason Gross School of the Arts (Extension Division) at the Rutgers State University of New Jersey. He is currently working on his dissertation on the Scriabin Etudes under the supervision of American composer Edward Green.
2 CDs (Chopin and Liszt) are due for release on Roven Records in early 2020.