The music of composer, pianist, and music theorist Michael Trinastic balances direct emotional communication and uncompromising craftsmanship. 


His recent scholarly work, appearing in the June 2014 issue of Music Theory Online, analyzes the piano music of Dane Rudhyar in light of the French-American composer’s theories of Tone.

As a pianist he performs with WireTap New Music. and has recorded with various groups including yMusic.


Trinastic has taught courses in music theory and music history at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from Duke University and a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Music Theory from Lawrence University. His primary composition teachers have been Scott Lindroth, Stephen Jaffe, Syd Hodkinson, Joanne Metcalf, Philippe Bodin, and M. Lee Suitor. His music has been performed by Aimee Marcoux, Tomoko Nakayama, Alarm Will Sound, and the Ciompi Quartet.


Having studied piano with Kathleen Murray, Ellen Swan Dixon, and Dolores Lenore, Trinastic has taught piano for many years, including a stint at the Waukesha County Conservatory of Music, where he met soprano Aimee Marcoux, with whom he collaborated on his first opera, The Yellow Wallpaper. He serves as pianist at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, where his  pianism has been further expanding into the Gospel tradition.


Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, he currently resides in Durham, NC, where he teaches piano, music theory, and composition at Russell Lacy Music.

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