Sisters Michelle and Kimberly Cann have been making music together since they were in elementary school in Florida. Both grew up playing multiple instruments — steel drums, bassoon, violin, trombone and tuba, to name a few — but the piano was their first love. They won many of the same competitions (often simultaneously in the junior and senior divisions!) performed as soloists with the same ensembles, such as the Florida Orchestra, and worked with many of the same artists, including Christopher O’Riley, host of the nationally syndicated radio and TV show, “From the Top”. They have performed across the USA including a recent Washington, DC début at the National Gallery.
The Mountain Express (Asheville, NC) raved: “The sheer verve of both sisters gliding along their keyboards and the evident passion and communication is something to behold.”
The sisters are both passionate about outreach and education. Kimberly founded an El Sistema-inspired program called “Keys for Kidz” which is geared towards providing free group-piano instruction for under-served children. Michelle is an instructor in a thriving, El Sistema-based, music program called “Play on, Philly" (POP). Their masterclasses and recitals have been praised as enormously fun, interactive and informative.
Michelle Cann began studying piano at the age of seven and since then has placed in various state, national, and international competitions including the Music Teacher’s National Association Competition, the International Russian Piano Music Competition, the Gilmore Piano Foundation Competition, and the Blount Young Artists National Competition. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 14 and since then has been invited to perform with various orchestras including the Florida Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 14 and since then has been invited to perform with various orchestras including the Florida Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra. She has performed on the nationally broadcast radio show, "From the Top," hosted by pianist Christopher O’Riley; was featured as the inaugural performer on WRTI 90.1 Philadelphia's new series, "In Recital," and select performances have have been broadcast regularly on Philadelphia's WHYY Television.
Michelle was selected to perform with current students and alumni including Roberto Diaz, president of the Curtis Institute of Music in both Beijing and Shanghai, China and Seoul, Korea. She was also invited to perform Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the New Jersey Symphony this past February. Michelle received her BM and MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied under Robert McDonald.
In 2016, Michelle gave the New York premiere of the Piano Concerto by Florence Price (1887-1953), the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer. The Boston Musical Intelligencer raved, “Michelle Cann, as the piano soloist, was a compelling, sparkling virtuoso, bringing this riveting work to life in its first New York performance.”
Kimberly Cann made her solo début at age 12 and her orchestral debut (with Beethoven´s “Emperor” Concerto) at age 13. She received her MM from the Eastman School of Music and was a Visiting Professor of Music and Artist-in-Residence at Northern Caribbean University (Jamaica). President of the Asheville Area Piano Forum and VP of Marketing for the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, she maintains a thriving teaching studio in Asheville, NC and performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician.