Described as "flashy" and "exciting" (The American Organist, 2012), concert organist Michael Hey has been increasingly visible on U.S. and international concert stages. In 2010, he made his New York City debut in Alice Tully Hall performing Handel’s Organ Concerto #1 with the Juilliard Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan. Of that performance, Stan Metzger of Seen and Heard International remarked, “Mr. Hey performed admirably, playing without a score in front of him and making the music seem improvisatory in a way that Handel might have played it.” In the fall of 2013 Mr. Hey participated in a performance of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, arranged for brass, organ, and percussion, with the New World Symphony, under the baton of Ian Bousfeld.
Mr. Hey’s musical output is inspired and informed by many other art forms, especially by classical and modern dance. In 2014 has was featured as organ soloist in the New York City Ballet’s newly commissioned work Acheron. Set to Francis Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, Michael's performance at its premiere was "vividly played" (The New York Times). He is now in the third season of performing with the Orchestra of St. Luke and the Paul Taylor Dance Company at Lincoln Center.
Michael has been invited to perform at the Lincoln Center (New York), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), and the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.). During the summer of 2012 he played at the American Guild of Organists’ national convention in Nashville and in 2013 at the National Association of Pastoral Musicians’ national convention in Washington, D.C. He has been featured on Hawaii Public Radio and has been heard on Minnesota Public Radio’s Pipedreams playing his transcription of Smetana’s Overture to ‘The Bartered Bride’ at Alice Tully Hall. Michael was invited to perform a solo recital on the Klais organ at The Esplanade in Singapore in mid-April 2016 as part of the Tapestry of Sacred Music festival.
Not exclusively a solo organist, Michael enjoys a widely varied career that includes collaborations with instrumentalists, solo piano recitals, vocal collaboration, and transcribing for organ and other instruments. In March 2015, he performed with renowned soprano Renée Fleming, tenor Matthew Polenzani, and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard. In April 2015 he recorded songs of Robert Franz with Grammy Award-winning baritone Tim Krol. His transcription of the Passacaille from Maurice Ravel's Piano Trio can be heard on the new album Divine Splendor, recorded by Ray Nagem on the organ of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City released on the Pro Organo label.
Mr. Hey graduated in 2014 from the five-year degree program at The Juilliard School where he received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in organ performance under Paul Jacobs. Within one year of his graduation from Juilliard, he was appointed Assistant Director of Music and Organist of the famed St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, where one of his first major tasks was to perform for Masses at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Madison Square Garden for the first U.S. visit of Pope Francis. Mr. Hey was a finalist in the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition.
Michael Hey is represented in North America exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.