MICHAEL UNGER is a multiple award-winning performer who appears as a soloist and chamber musician in North America, Europe and Japan. Since 2013, he is the Assistant Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is 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 (NYACOP), and a Second Prize and Audience Award winner of the International Schnitger Organ Competition on the historic organs of Alkmaar, the Netherlands. Recent solo recitals include performances for the national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and Historical Keyboard Society of North America, Boulder Bach Festival, Internationale Orgelwoche Nürnberg – Musica Sacra, and numerous international and regional recital series. Harpsichord appearances include Cincinnati Opera, the Skaneateles Festival, New York State Baroque, Publick Musick, and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, with whom he performed the complete Bach Brandenburg Concertos in 2014. He received favorable international reviews for his debut solo recordings under the Naxos and Pro Organo labels, and his performances have been broadcast on North American and European radio, in addition to syndicated programs Pipedreams and With Heart and Voice.

Unger holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music, where he was a student and teaching assistant of David Higgs and William Porter, and was a recipient of Eastman’s Performer’s Certificate and the Jerald C. Graue Musicology Fellowship. He is a Gold Medal graduate of the University of Western Ontario, and his former teachers include Ethel Briggs, Sandra Mangsen, Joel Speersta, and the late Larry Cortner. He is formerly the Director of Music at the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word in Rochester, NY, and is a published composer of choral music. He is represented by Concert Artist Cooperative.


“Bravo for... his display of virtuoso and musical playing. [Michael Unger] will be a performer of note for many years to come!” - Organ Canada, July 2010

“[Michael Unger] proved to be a marvelous player, with fleet fingers and feet, a willingness to apply wide dynamic range in the sanctuary, and a strong, puckish sense of programming.” - Palm Beach Artspaper, November 2008