Michael Owcharuk is a professional composer, arranger, pianist, dance accompanist, and educator. His love of all music compels him to work in a variety of styles, especially jazz, classical, rock, pop, Slavic folk, and music for dance, theatre, and film. He leads the Michael Owcharuk Ensemble, is an accompanist for The Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and performs all around the PNW. He has performed/toured nationally and internationally (UK, France, Canada, and Mexico).
Besides his own projects, Michael works musically supporting and collaborating with a diverse range of local artists. His music has been featured on/by: NPR, KEXP, SIFF, Bumbershoot, Earshot Jazz, The 1448 Projects, Jack Straw Productions, Bushwick Bookclub Seattle, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Café Nordo, Seattle Theatre Group, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT, Karin Stevens Dance, Coriolis Dance, Freehold Theatre, Theatre22, Seattle Public Theatre, ArtsWest, Verlaine & McCann Present, and many others.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Music in composition from Cornish College of the Arts and has received support for his own musical projects multiple times from 4Culture (The King County Arts funding org), The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, and Jack Straw Productions.
As a teacher, Michael draws upon his wide range professional and academic experiences to teach practical keyboard and musical skills based in solid understanding and execution of fundamentals. He believes in a personable, laid-back, yet diligent approach that works to convey the profound level of enjoyment, communication, and life skills that the practice of music can provide. Michael has been teaching private students and ensemble workshops since 2007.
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato
"The task of education is not to teach subjects: it is to teach students." - Ken Robinson