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MICHAEL ROLLAND DAVIS is on the Board of the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition where he is Vice President of Productions. He produces all our events.
Michael was born in 1949 and has been involved in music since he was a child. He began studying the cello when he was eight and continued with that instrument as well as various other instruments through high school. At university he studied architecture and business administration.
In 1969 he was inducted into the US Army and spent a year tour of duty in Viet Nam as a radio operator.
He first lived in Palm Springs from 1971-1978, where he met and began working for the internationally known virtuoso concert pianist Earl Wild, as his business manager, publicist and recording producer. This relationship lasted for 38 years until Earl Wild passed in 2010 at the age of 94. With Earl Wild, (who was the first Artistic Director of the new Desert Museum), he was associated with the Palm Springs Art Museum as assistant Artistic Director of various musical events in the Annenberg Theatre for three years, including the very successful one week Festival of Piano Music held in 1976 and again in 1977.
After moving to New York City in 1978, Davis became Program Director of the newly organized Wolf Trap Chamber Group who performed at the only National Park for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap, located just outside Washington D.C.
In the late 1970s Davis formed a production company and began producing and mastering audio CD recordings for Earl Wild as well as other concert pianists — licensing these recordings to major labels such as RCA/BMG, EMI and Sony Classics.
In 1997, he decided to start his own record label called IVORY CLASSICS where today there are approximately 100 CD releases available through his website www.IvoryClassics.com with distribution in ten countries.
Ivory Classics, Earl Wild and Michael himself as original recording producer, received a Grammy award for an outstanding Earl Wild recording devoted to piano transcriptions in 1997.
Twenty years ago, Michael formed a music publishing company that is ASCAP affiliated where he publishes and distributes approximately 40 printed piano compositions.
In 2006 Michael moved back to Palm Springs and in January of 2012 purchased a unit at Desert Island in Rancho Mirage where he is on the board of their HOA.
Bruce Franchini (1944-2013) was a Producer/Director whose work encompassed a wide variety of programming and performers. He was equally comfortable working with film and tape, shooting single and multi-camera productions, both live and pre-recorded. He produced and directed for ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, BBC-TV, DISNEY CHANNEL, as well as for independent production companies and corporate clients. He won two Daytime Emmys for directing food programming, one in 1997 for Baking With Julia and one in 2000 for Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home. Franchini married his partner of 27 years, concert pianist and composer John Bayless, shortly before his death.
Programming – Lifestyle / Food
Programming – Arts / Drama / Music / Dance
Programming – Documentary
Programming – Corporate
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To excite, educate, and engage the community at large with the joy of classical piano by presenting, promoting, and nurturing classical music through live piano performance including international competitions, concerts, and local educational outreach programs for all ages.
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