Michael Ierace has been described as a ‘talent to watch’ and his playing as ‘revelatory’. Born and raised in Adelaide, he completed his university education through to Honours level with teachers Stefan Ammer and Lucinda Collins. He gained a scholarship in every year of undergraduate study, culminating in him receiving the prestigious, seldom awarded Elder Overseas Scholarship to help further his studies in London.
Michael had much success in local and national Australian competitions. Highlights include winning the Doris West Concerto which earned him a performance with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; The David Galliver Award - an annual competition open to all students across the Conservatorium; The Geoffrey Parsons Award - one of the few competitions to recognize the accompanist; and in 2005, he was the winner of the national MBS Young Performers Award.
In 2003, Michael was asked to tour with the Australia/Malaysia Business Council and gave performances throughout Malaysia to their respective government members. In Austria after attending a summer school, he was selected as an outstanding participant and asked to play for the final showcase concert in the great Stift Altenburg.
He has participated in master classes with Leif Ove Andsnes, Piers Lane, Malcolm Martineau, Kathryn Stott and with Boris Berman as part of the Adelaide Festival. In 2009, he made his professional debut with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in the presence of the Premier of South Australia and the Polish Ambassador.
In 2007, he moved to London study at the Royal College of Music with Professor Andrew Ball. He completed his Postgraduate Diploma and Artists Diploma, both with Distinction. While a student, he was selected as an RCM Rising Star and was awarded the Hopkinson Silver medal in the Chappell Competition, the RCM's most celebrated keyboard award. In 2010, he was selected as a Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment holding the Gilbert and Eileen Edgar Junior Fellowship for 2 years.
In the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Annual Music Competition, he received the ‘Coutts & Co Award for Keyboard’ as winner of the Keyboard Final in 2008 and was recently awarded the Accompanist Prize – the only pianist in the competition's distinguished history to have received both awards! He has since been invited twice to perform at the ROSL's series of recitals at the Edinburgh Fringe. In the International Haverhill Sinfonia Soloists Competition, he took 2nd place plus many specialist awards, and he also gained a place on the Phillip & Dorothy Green Young Concert Artist scheme. As a result of these awards he has performed extensively throughout the UK. Michael has also performed in many of the major halls in London including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall, St James, Piccadilly and St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Since moving back to Australia, Michael regularly performs throughout the country. Much sought after as an associate artist to national and international guests, he was also repetiteur for the Australian premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet at the Adelaide Festival.
Michael is currently a staff pianist at the Elder Conservatorium.