Michael James Battle was born in Utica, New York. His passion for playing piano began while studying at the Academy of Performing and Creative Arts in Clinton, NY. During his studies, Michael enrolled with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) located in Bedford Square, London. After completing numerous exams, Michael earned a Diploma Degree in Piano Performance from ABRSM. Michael holds an additional degree in Piano Performance from Onondaga College in Syracuse, NY.
Michael Battle’s achievements as a pianist include being a four year recipient of the Curran Scholarship, the second place recipient of the Utica Symphony Orchestra Youth competition (1999), and the first place recipient for both the Barbara Micale Piano Scholarship and Students Honors Award held by Onondaga Community College (2006). In addition, the Civic Morning Musicals of Syracuse awarded Michael the prestigious "Student of Note" award.
Michael’s debut album, Chopin After Midnight, earned a position in the top 10 on the Classical Billboard Chart three weeks after its release. Chopin After Midnight featured Michael’s first original composition, Carol in Db Major, written in honor of his mother who passed away from cancer.
After composing Carol, Michael was inspired to create an original album. Reflection is Michael’s first album compiled completely of his own compositions. It is with heartfelt thanks and love, that Michael dedicates this album to his father, mother, and grandmother.