Mus. Bach. Mus. Masters,
University of Toronto
“A wizard of the accordion” (CBC), Michael Bridge is a unique fusion of a modern concert artist and captivating entertainer. He gives over 100 concerts a year in Europe and the Americas as a soloist, with orchestra, and with his two groups of unique instrumentation — Bridge & Wolak and Ladom Ensemble.
A world leader on digital accordion, Bridge is renowned for creating the sounds of a full orchestra 100% live on stage; including his signature solo performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. He often teaches lectures on Digital Accordion Orchestration and 12 Types of Bellows Shakes at festivals and conservatories, including residencies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Kiev and the Krakow and Lodz Music Academies in Poland.
Off-stage, Bridge is the first Canadian to pursue a doctorate in accordion performance at the University of Toronto, with Joseph Macerollo, where his work on new music with Canadian composers has led to over 50 world premieres. He is a frequent jurist at international competitions and teaches accordion, digital accordion, and music theory.