He was educated at St. John’s College School, Cambridge and Radley College, where his piano teacher was Hugo Langrish. He studied at London’s Royal Academy of Music with Alexander Kelly, Rex Stephens and John Streets and subsequently received private tuition from Greville Rothon and Geoffrey Parsons.
Michael Dussek made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1980. From 1979-1999 he was a regular recital partner to Canadian cellist Ofra Harnoy, performing in Europe, North America and Asia. Their RCA recording of sonatas by Schubert and Prokofiev won a Canadian Juno Award for Best Classical Album in 1989. During this period he also performed internationally with violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Anne Akiko Meyers, Kurt Nikkanen, Xue Wei and Antje Weithaas. Since 2002 he has performed extensively with violinist Ryu Goto, including major recital tours of Japan and recitals in New York’s Carnegie (Zankel) Hall. Their recordings for Deutsche Grammophon include a live recital from Tokyo’s Suntory Hall in 2006. Singers he has accompanied include Charles Daniels, Bernarda Fink, Stephan Loges, Christopher Maltman, Ian Partridge, Joan Rodgers and Vassily Savenko. He is a member of three chamber ensembles: the Dussek Piano Trio, Endymion and Primavera, performing in most of the UK’s major concert venues. He has also collaborated with the Bridge, Chilingirian, Coull, Dante and Wihan String Quartets.
His discography includes more than 20 CDs in Dutton Epoch’s collection of recordings featuring neglected British composers. His recording of Rubbra’s Violin Sonatas with Krysia Osostowicz was nominated for a Gramophone Award and his performance of York Bowen’s First Piano Concerto with the BBC Concert Orchestra under Vernon Handley was selected for Fanfare Magazine’s Hall of Fame.
York Bowen Piano Concertos 1-3; BBC Concert Orchestra, Vernon Handley. (Dutton Epoch)
Bax Songs with Ian Partridge and Jean Rigby (Dutton Epoch)
Rubbra Violin Sonatas with Krysia Osostowicz (Dutton Epoch)
Rubbra Solo Piano Music (Dutton Epoch)
Rubbra Cello Sonata with Pierre Doumange (Dutton Epoch)
Nielsen Solo Piano Music, Chamber Music with New London Chamber Ensemble (Meridian)
Britten Solo Piano Music, Music for Oboe and Piano with Sarah Francis. (Hyperion)
Violin Recital 2006, live from Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, sonatas by Brahms, Strauss etc. with Ryu Goto (Deutsche Grammophon)
Beethoven Kreutzer Sonata, Franck Sonata etc. with Ryu Goto (Deutsche Grammophon)
Paganiniana: Violin Sonatas by Beethoven, Saint-Saens etc. with Ryu Goto (Deutsche Grammophon)
Brahms Piano Trios, Horn Trio, Dussek Piano Trio, Stephen Stirling (Meridian)
Haydn Piano Trios, Dussek Piano Trio (Meridian)
Bridge Piano Trios, Dussek Piano Trio (Meridian)
Arensky Piano Trios, Dussek Piano Trio (Meridian)
Norman O’Neill Chamber Music with Bridge String Quartet (EMR)
York Bowen Chamber Music, Endymion (Dutton Epoch)
Rubbra Chamber Music, Endymion (Dutton Epoch)
Michael Dussek is Head of Piano Accompaniment at London’s Royal Academy of Music. His former students include James Baillieu, Sholto Kynoch, Simon Lepper, Joseph Middleton and Llŷr Williams. He has given Masterclasses at China’s Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Berlin’s Universität der Künste, Hannover’s Musikhochschule, London’s Royal College of Music, St Petersburg’s Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory, Weimar’s Franz Liszt Academy and the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh.