Michael Dauphinais has been hailed in the press as “a marvelous collaborative pianist” (ITEA Journal), and has garnered praise for his “superbly realized continuo” (Arizona Republic) as well as his live renditions of orchestral reductions: “pianist Michael Dauphinais enables one to forget the lack of an orchestra almost immediately” (Newark Star-Ledger). His versatility has led to collaborations with several opera companies in the U.S. including Tulsa Opera, Opera Southwest, Sarasota Opera, Arizona Opera, Kentucky Opera, Opera in the Ozarks and New Jersey Opera Theatre, and he has served as the music director for the young artists’ Ensemble at San Diego Opera. He has also performed duo, chamber, choral and vocal repertoire throughout the U.S., Mexico, Ireland and Austria.
An advocate of contemporary music and multi-disciplinary collaboration, Michael Dauphinais has played music by John Cage with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and has also collaborated with choreographer Yanira Castro, Art.If.Act Dance Project and ACME (Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble). As an electro-acoustic improvisor, he has played in various Tucson, AZ venues such as Chax Press, Casa Libre en la Solana, Galactic Center, ZUZI Dance, Exploded View Microcinema and FLUXX. His solo electronic work has been published online by textsound. He has performed several premieres of works for piano and live electronics by Stephan Moore, and recently played an evening of Moore’s works at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He has also been featured in symposia at The University of Arizona celebrating the music of Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, Olivier Messiaen, George Crumb, Béla Bartók, and Robert Beaser. Dauphinais also played numerous iterations of the site-specific dance and sound installation Wilderness with sound artist/composer Stephan Moore and choreographer Yanira Castro and company, which was premiered at the 2010 Filament Festival at EMPAC (Troy, NY); further performances occurred at Vanderbilt University, Franklin and Marshall College (PA), and at The Invisible Dog Art Center (Brooklyn, NY). He has also collaborated with Moore and Castro in Paradis, the first site-specific dance installation ever performed in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in the summers of 2011 and 2012; a further iteration took place in 2013 in Chicago’s Grant Park Conservatory.
Dauphinais is a public radio veteran, having served as an announcer, production assistant, audio editor, arts features producer, and writer for various public radio stations such as WMUK (Kalamazoo), KBAQ and KJZZ (Phoenix), and KUAT and KUAZ (Tucson) between 1993 and 2011.
Michael Dauphinais earned degrees in music from Western Michigan University (BM) and Arizona State University (MM and DMA); his teachers have included Andrew Campbell, Eckart Sellheim, Sylvia Roederer and Phyllis Rappeport. He currently serves on the faculty at The University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music , where he teaches solo and collaborative piano and is the vocal coach for UA Opera Theater; he is also the Principal Pianist and Vocal Coach at Opera Southwest in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a frequent substitute pianist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and he is the principal pianist for True Concord (formerly known as Tucson Chamber Artists). Dauphinais is also a member of the opera coaching faculty for the American Institute for Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria.