Michael Esch holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from Rice University where his teachers included Robert Roux and Jon Kimura Parker. Other major influences include his first teacher, Rosemary Collins, and master classes with Lazar Berman, Emanuel Ax and Anton Kuerti.

Dr.Esch has been featured in numerous recitals throughout Canada including at the Glenn Gould Studio for the CBC, and for the Canadian University Music Society. He has also appeared in concert throughout Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, the United States and Germany, as well as various centres in the far east. He has performed with numerous orchestras in Canada, and has collaborated with a number of acclaimed artists including the Belgian violinist Michael Guttman and the eminent violist, Rivka Golani. Since 2004, he has served as pianist with the Canadian Sinfonietta Chamber Players in Toronto.

Michael has enjoyed grant support from the Chalmers Foundation, and is a multiple grant recipient from the Canada Council for the Arts. A sought after adjudicator in Canada, Michael has adjudicated festivals at the Provincial level in Ontario for the O.M.F.A., ORMTA, as well as the Canadian Music Competition 50’th Anniversary National Tour and the Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition, among many others. He is a senior examiner for RCM examinations.

Dr. Esch has taught at Wilfrid Laurier University and has served on staff at the Glenn Gould School/RCM since 2007. In September of 2010 Michael and his wife opened the Esch Music Academy in Markham Ontario. His students have distinguished themselves in festivals at the Provincial, National and International levels, and on RCM exams including the 2012 National Gold Medal recipient for the Licentiate Diploma level.


  • Glenn Gould School


  • Piano

Faculty Type:

Classroom Faculty