Michael Owcharuk is a composer, pianist, accordionist, and educator living and working in Seattle, WA. He leads the Owcharuk 5, co-directs the Seattle Jazz Composer’s Ensemble, is a member of the Musette group Le Trio, and run-around jazz band Jim Knodle and the Distract Band.
Michael enjoys working as a solo pianist, collaborator, sideman, arranger, and ballet accompanist, creating music in a number of genres including but not limited to: jazz, new music, classical, Ukrainian folk, experimental, rock, pop, hip hop, world music, and music for theater. He has performed and collaborated with musicians such as Amy Denio, Cynthia Mullis, Beth Fleenor, Nate Omdal, Jim Knodle, Daniel Hunt, Cody Rahn, and Adam Kessler.
As a composer, Michael has recorded 3 full-length albums of his own work, and has had his compositions performed by The Seattle Chamber Players, The Jim Knapp Big Band, The Esoterics, the St. Helen's String Quartet, the Seattle Jazz Composer's Ensemble, The Bella Trio, Julie Ives, Samantha Boshnack, and Paris Hurley.
Michael is a music educator in the Seattle and Issaquah school districts through Music Lessons on Wheels, and is a private instructor in piano and composition. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Cornish College of the Arts, where he studied composition with Bern Herbolsheimer and piano with Jovino Santos Neto. Michael has been awarded grants for his music projects from the Seattle Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Jack Straw Foundation