Michael Beattie has established himself as a musician of exceptional versatility through his work as keyboard player, vocal coach, and conductor. As Associate Conductor of Emmanuel Music, he has conducted numerous times in the weekly Bach cantata series at Emmanuel Church in Boston, as well as evening concerts including Handel's Ariodante and Bach's Saint John Passion, to great acclaim.
A highly regarded continuo player, Mr. Beattie has performed in the US and Europe as harpsichordist and organist with Emmanuel Music, Cantata Singers, Boston Baroque, Boston Cecilia, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, the Mark Morris Dance Group, and at the Carmel Bach Festival.
In demand as a vocal coach specializing in music of the Baroque and Classical periods, he is on the music staff of Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, and the Carmel Bach Festival and has served as musical assistant to Baroque specialists Harry Bicket, Jane Glover, Emmanuelle Haïm, and Bernard Labadie. He is a founding member and harpsichordist of Favella Lyrica and the Baroque chamber ensemble Très.
As a pianist, he has performed at the Athens, Banff, and Tanglewood music festivals and in Emmanuel Music's chamber series. World premieres to his credit include works of John Harbison, Andrew Imbrie, Earl Kim, and Andy Vores. He was Assistant Conductor for Peter Sellars' stagings of the Mozart/da Ponte operas conducted by Craig Smith, which were performed throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded for television. He made his opera conducting debut in the first Boston performance of Handel's Rodelinda. Mr.
Beattie is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Boston University. He has been on the faculties of the Tanglewood Music Center and the Walnut Hill School and is currently a Teaching Associate at Boston University and a guest vocal coach at the Boston Conservatory. He has recorded for KOCH International Classics and Nonesuch records.