Pianist/composer Mike Strickland is one of the Northwest's most popular performers and concert artists. As a solo performer, or with his Duo, Trio, or quartet, Mike presents a hybrid of jazz, popular, and original music.
A a gifted arranger and stylist, Mike's eclectic concert sets might include jazz classics, romantic film themes, Mississippi blues, piano-busting boogie-woogie and gorgeous original music. View a sample concert program here.
His extremely popular arrangements and recordings of Pachelbel's Canon in D, Windmills of Your Mind/Classical Gas medley, and Beethoven's Ode To Joy (video sample) have been best-sellers on Apple iTunes and audience favorites at concerts.
Mike's 20 CD's of popular favorites and original music have sold over 300,000 copies and are sold nationwide in the gift market.
His sparkling arrangements, and exciting piano style make for a very fun and memorable event. His music along with his genuine warmth and appeal, connect with audiences of all ages. His 15 year old daughter, Elizabeth, a fine classical pianist is a frequent guest artist at many of his concerts. View a video sample of Mike and Elizabeth here.
Originally from Jackson Mississippi, he makes his home in Seattle, Washington.
SOME RECENT REVIEWS:
"On behalf of the Redmond Community Concert Association (RCCA) and its subscribers, I am writing to thank you for the wonderful concert The Mike Strickland Trio played this past Saturday. The audience response that evening and the subsequent comments we have received clearly show that your concert will be remembered as one of the best of the best. Most common comment: BRING HIM BACK!" - Jay Jantzen, Redmond Community Concert Assn.
"The concert last night was wonderful. I find it difficult to put into words but it was like I was in your living room and you were just having fun together, with us & the piano. Thank you very much for coming to Southern California. This was a real treat." - Phil.D. (an audience member in Fullerton CA)
"We have been overwhelmed with the response to Mike's performance last Friday night. Some of the comments were: "the music was astonishing", "words cannot describe the wonderfully musical evening", "it was an event we will never forget", "the evening was so powerful and we were so fortunate to be included". I thought you might want to know how much "joy" you all brought to everyone in attendance. We deeply appreciate the opportunity to share your talent with our community." - P. Porter (re: performance in OR)