Perhaps best known for his relationship with David Bowie, Mike made his mark on numerous Bowie albums, including his much talked about masterly solo on the Aladdin Sane track. Garson is Bowie's longest standing member, having traveled hundreds of thousands of miles on Bowie tours, including the "A Reality Tour," Bowie's first world tour in twenty years.
Garson is accomplished in jazz, classical, pop and the rock arena and is considered one of the world's best improvisers who has also composed over 5,000 pieces of music - ranging from classical to a variety of every other imaginable style. Mike continues to be called into duty as the secret weapon behind Billboard topping, Grammy lauded albums, tours and longstanding artist success.
Mike's unique talent, creativity and solid industry-wide reputation has ensured that he remains in high demand with musicians as diverse as The Smashing Pumpkins, No Doubt, and Trent Reznor, whom Garson first met during David Bowie's "Outside" tour. Trent featured Mike on several tracks of Nine Inch Nails' "The Fragile" album. Mike can also be heard on Seal's "Human Being" and NoDoubt's "Return of Saturn" albums. In addition, it is this same unmatched prowess that led him to becast to play the piano as Liberace in the biopic film.
Mike composed the score of the film Stigmata, with Billy Corgan, including the haunting hit "Identify," performed by Natalie Imbruglia. In 2014, Mike and Trent Reznor collaborated on the Grammy nominated score for the hit film Gone Girl.
Mike is also a key member of Free Flight, a cutting-edge jazz and classical ensemble, that has performed at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lincoln Center and three times on The Tonight Show.
Garson studied classical composition with Leonard Eisner of Juilliard and earned degrees in Music and Education from Brooklyn College. He also studied with Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Hal Overton, Robert Starer and Lennie Tristano. He has played with other jazz giants including Stanley Clarke, Dave Liebman, Freddie Hubbard, Joe LaBarbera, Elvin Jones, Stan Getz and Lee Konitz.
Mike premiered a new commissioned work in 2014, written in collaboration with medical patients in partnership with brain surgeon Dr. Christopher Duma of the Foundation for Neuroscience, Stroke and Recovery. Mike's work, a set of movements of original music compositions, titled "Symphonic Healing Suite" which will continue with the National Symphony in 2016 along with Garson's latest solo album release.
Mike is the subject of the new international bestselling biography of his life, "Bowie's Piano Man - The Life of Mike Garson" by Clifford Slapper, now available digitally on Kindle and at booksellers worldwide.
Mike's purpose has always been to inspire and affect lives in a positive way through his music. His hope is that through his music he can help people achieve their dreams. Embracing the idea of creative, spiritual and professional growth, Mike continues to explore new avenues through which he can use his multifaceted talents to provide healing, enjoyment and inspiration to people. According to Mike: "If I am truly passionate about and love what I do, I believe that feeling can be transmitted to and inspire the people who receive my art."