Sisters Kimberly & Michelle Cann, “the newest darlings of duo pianists,” are young artists with a deep musical commitment to performing a wide range of multi-cultural repertoire throughout the US and to bringing a more widespread appreciation for the arts to their local communities.
Though Kimberly is six years older, they have been studying and performing together ever since Michelle began lessons. They both made their orchestral debuts around age thirteen (Kimberly performing Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto and Michelle, Schumann’s Concerto in A minor). Growing up, they accompanied one another and often won the same competitions and played with the same orchestras and artists. Kimberly received her Masters Degree from the Eastman School of Music (studying with Barry Snyder), and in 2006, she accepted the positions of visiting Professor of Music and Artist-in-Residence at Northern Caribbean University (Jamaica). Her students excelled and received national awards for their work. Michelle received her MM from The Cleveland Institute (studying with Paul Schenly and Daniel Shapiro) and went on to study at the Curtis Institute (studying with Robert McDonald), receiving an Artists Diploma in 2013.
Currently, the sisters both reside within the Eastern U.S. Kimberly is married to fellow Eastman musician, double bassist Aaron Brown, and the two live in Asheville, NC, with their two toddlers, Isabella and Magnus. Kimberly is the Founding Director of Piano Lab Studios, whose faculty contain fellow concert artists committed to providing a unique, well-rounded music education from 2-year-old beginners to aspiring concert artists & adult amateurs in their 90s and everyone in between. She has served in various capacities as a board member of the Asheville Symphony, Asheville Piano Forum and others. She is also the founding director of Keys for Kidz, a program that provides group piano lessons to under-served children in the area and partners with local universities to mentor young teachers. She performs as both soloist and chamber musician, in addition to her duties as a wife & mother, director, teacher & clinician.
Michelle resides in Philadelphia, PA and maintains an active schedule in teaching and performing. She has performed in solo and chamber recitals throughout the US, China and South Korea (including the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the Kennedy Center) and has frequently been featured on both WRTI 90.1 and WHYY TV in Philadelphia on such shows as Onstage at Curtis and Philadelphia Music Makers, where she was the host of an hour-long program which alternated between her own personal reflections and solo performances. Michelle is also a leader in creating opportunities for music education in her community. She served as the choir director of two thirty-member children choruses in the El Sistema-inspired program, “Play On Philly,” and is the founder of the new program, Keys to Connect, which strives to strengthen the bond between parent and child through the shared study of piano. In 2014-15, Michelle was one of the three inaugural Fellows of ArtistYear at the Curtis Institute of Music. Through this one-year fellowship, Michelle worked with local community partners City Year, Teach for America and AmeriCorps, bringing the arts to local Philadelphia communities where arts education and access are virtually unattainable.
Kimberly and Michelle began performing professionally as the Cann Duo in 2010 and since then, they have toured extensively throughout the US. Their electrifying performances are all the more meaningful
due to the unmistakable sound of their lifelong hereditary connection.