2016 – Michael Bridge


Citation: Michael Bridge is a virtuosic player, committed to performing many styles and periods of music on the accordion, who knows how to entertain and astound. 

Two-time Canadian accordion champion and winner of the University of Toronto Concerto Competition, Michael Bridge uniquely fuses classical, pop-rock, jazz and world music. He made his solo orchestral debut with the Boston Pops at age 17, and has performed in China, Ecuador, Croatia, Italy, Poland, France, the U.K., and across North-America, now giving over 100 concerts per year. In 2013, he placed second at the world digital accordion championships.

Michael is pursuing his master’s degree at the University of Toronto in accordion performance with professor Joseph Macerollo. With over thirty commissions and world premieres to his credit, he continues to actively promote new, multi-instrumental works involving accordion. His accordion-clarinet duo, Double-Double Duo, released its debut CD “Rock Bach” in fall 2015 and will tour Poland and France in summer 2016. His Iranian-Serbian classical tango quartet, Ladom Ensemble, will tour the Maritimes in summer 2016. He is a captivating young musician— boldly redefining the sound and image of his traditional instrument.