Originally from Toronto, multiple award-winning organist and harpsichordist Michael Unger joined the faculty of CCM's Division of Keyboard Studies as an Assistant Professor in the fall 2013.
A First Prize winner of the International Organ Competition Musashino-Tokyo, a First Prize and Audience Prize winner of the National Young Artists’ Competition of the American Guild of Organists, and a Second Prize and Audience Award winner of the International Schnitger Organ Competition on the historic organs of Alkmaar in the Netherlands, Unger calls his move to Cincinnati and his first year at CCM “an absolute joy.”
Prior to his appointment at CCM, Unger received a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied under David Higgs and William Porter. He is a recipient of Eastman’s Performer’s Certificate in organ and Jerald C. Graue Musicology Fellowship.
Unger has received favorable international reviews for his debut solo recordings under the Naxos and Pro Organo labels: Michael Unger: Organ Recital and Universe of Poetry and his performances have been broadcast on North American and European radio.
Below, you can watch Unger perform on location at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester, New York, during the recording sessions for his Pro Organo CD release in February of 2008.