Known for her thoughtful interpretations and rich sound at the keyboard, Bailey-Michelle Collins is a pianist defined by her lyrical touch and keen sense of rhythm. Her repertoire spanning across all genres of piano literature, Bailey’s greatest passion is communicating with her audience both on and off the stage. A fluent music instructor and collaborative pianist, she proudly serves her community as a leadership figure and for young musicians.
Bailey began her piano studies at age five in Gainesville, Florida, and she has since had the privilege to work with renowned instructors such as Natalya Antonova, Robert Roux, Fabio Bidini, and Julian Martin. As a developing soloist, Bailey received scholarship awards from organizations including the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the National Society of Arts and Letters, and the Florida Federation of Music Clubs. She made her orchestral debut at age sixteen under Robert Gary Langford as winner of the David Hubbell Concerto Competition, and has appeared with orchestras throughout the United States including the Santa Fe Symphony and the Tampa Bay Symphony. Her summer festival appearances include the University of Florida International Piano Festival, the Texas State International Piano Festival, and the Miami Music Festival.
Bailey served as a piano instructor for the Lynn Preparatory School of Music in Boca Raton, Florida, where she also taught music to children ages 3-12 at the Emerging Minds Montessori Academy. She has had the pleasure to work at the internationally-acclaimed Interlochen Center for the Arts as a counselor for young artists. Bailey graduated summa cum laude from the Lynn Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Dr. Roberta Rust and received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. Bailey currently serves as a tutor and teaching assistant in ear training at the Peabody Institute, where is she completing her second year of graduate studies in Piano Performance under Benjamin Pasternack.