Michael Shane Wittenburg
Michael Shane Wittenburg is a conductor, pianist, violinist, and organist in the greater NYC area. His current affiliations include the Morris Choral Society, Manhattan Opera Studio, The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera where he serves as Chorus Master, as well as the Elizabeth Faidley Violin Studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, and performs regularly either as soloist or collaborative pianist in recitals throughout the U.S., including with Stella Zambalis, Livia Sohn, Mark Walters, Elizabeth Caballero, Michael Corvino, Gerard Reuter, and many others. He is also the Director of Music at Christ Lutheran Church in Paramus, NJ, and a pianist for the Young People's Chorus of New York.
[Conducting Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2] "Mr. Wittenburg, himself a highly accomplished pianist, was an attentive collaborator...his direction was clear and without any large gestures. After the pyrotechnics of the final movement, the electrified audience leapt to their feet...While this reviewer has been to many a concert where everyone was given a standing ovation, this was the only such occurrence in an evening filled with outstanding performances."
"Michael Wittenburg was the excellent pianist who accompanied these young virtuosi in an exhausting program..."
-Herbert Burtis, http://albertitalks.blogspot.com/