Mike Shakinovsky




Camille Saint Saëns once said, "I live in music like a fish lives in water" and so it is with Mike Shakinovsky, WMNR broadcaster since 1984. He was born into a musical family going back generations. His mother taught piano as well as ballet. Mike’s roots were nourished with music and the arts. 

Of Russian extraction, Mike has lived in a number of countries around the world and made his home in the USA in 1978. He lives with his wife Sheryl who is a portrait artist and sculptor. Their home is filled with music and art. In his "spare time" Mike is an engineer.

His musical passion is for the piano and he presents "Great Pianists of the 20th Century" at 8:00 p.m. every Monday evening. Since 2010 Mike has been a juror on the panel of judges for the annual Chopin International Piano Competition.
 
"The piano is in my blood. My mother was a pianist and a piano teacher, and I heard the sound of the piano before I was born, so when Kurt Anderson, WMNR General Manager, suggested that I produce the series ‘Great Pianists of the 20th Century’ many years ago, I loved the idea and did it with a passion. It was lots of fun, especially when I managed to have the pianists visit the station to record the program together."

"One of my most treasured memories is the program that Henry Steinway and I did together at Steinway Hall in New York City. Both Henry and Steinway Hall are no more. Henry passed on and they closed the place on December 14th, 2014. Steinway has now moved to another location in NYC." 

"Being a former jazz musician, (drums and vibraphone for many years), when the opportunity to produce “Just Jazz” was offered to me, I was thrilled to bits! I really enjoy the diversity of the various artists, their different styles and sounds that they all produce, even with the same combination of instruments. This too is a lot of fun to arrange, and it is one hundred and eighty degrees away from 'Monday Evening Classics.'"  You can join Mike for “Just Jazz" on Saturdays at 11:00 p.m. featuring greats like Milt Jackson, Natalie Cole, Oscar Peterson, and Diana Krall.

In closing, Mike adds "Music is in my blood and as Rachmaninoff said... 'Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.'"
 

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