Michael Cain joined the MacPhail faculty in 2019. He teaches piano and coaches the Dakota Combo.
He began gaining international recognition in the mid 1980’s while still a student at the California Institute of the Arts, performing, touring, and recording with jazz greats James Newton, jazz vocalist Marlena Shaw, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, and drummer Billy Higgins among others. After moving to New York in 1990, Cain became a first call pianist, working with drum legend Jack DeJohnette for nine years, as well as Dave Holland, Steps Ahead, Ravi Coltrane, Bobby McFerrin, Terence Blanchard, Stanley Turrentine, Lauren Hill, Pat Metheny, Charles Neville, Christian McBride, Vernon Reid, Robin Eubanks, and Meshell N’degeocello among others. He has received numerous awards, including a 2006 Grammy nomination for Dance of the Infidel, Meshell N’degeocello’s release on which Michael is pianist and co-arranger.
As an educator Michael has been an Assistant Professor at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. He is currently a Professor at Brandon University in Brandon, MB, Canada.