Pianist Michael McMahon is the preferred partner to many of Canada’s finest singers. He has performed regularly throughout Canada and in Europe, Japan, and the USA with singers such as Catherine Robbin, Karina Gauvin, Measha Brueggergosman, Gordon Bintner, Marianne Fiset, Lyne Fortin, Dominique Labelle, Wendy Nielsen, Maureen Forrester, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Annamaria Popescu, Joseph Kaiser, Nathan Berg, Brett Polegato, Benjamin Butterfield, Philippe Sly, Daniel Taylor, Kimy McLaren,Michael Schade, Russell Braun, and Richard Margison.
Following his studies at McGill University in Montreal, Michael completed his musical education in Vienna at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst and the Franz Schubert Institute, and in Salzburg at the Mozarteum. During this time, he studied with such legendary artists as Erik Werba, Hans Hotter, Elly Ameling, Jörg Demus, and Kim Borg.
In addition to his active performing schedule, Michael is a Professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal. He has had long associations with l’Atelier lyrique de L’Opéra de Montréal, Opera Nuova, the Orford Arts Centre, and the Banff Centre for the Arts, where he has worked regularly as a vocal coach. He is also often asked to give masterclasses for singers and pianists, and is a resident artist at the Franz Schubert Institute in Austria and the C.O.S.I. Summer Opera program in Italy.
Michael has made numerous broadcast recordings for the English and French networks of the CBC, as well as for the BBC, RBTF, Radio Suisse Romande, and Radio France. His recordings on the Marquis, CBC , Atma, and Analekta labels have met with critical acclaim, including Juno nominations and the Prix Opus. He was also a judge and vocal coach for the award-winning television series “Bathroom Divas.” In 2012, Michael was honoured with a Ruby Award by Opera Canada for his contribution to music in Canada.