"Maliakel has a baritone so tender that your eyes well."
- San Francisco Chronicle
MICHAEL MALIAKEL recently made his network TV debut on FBI, a new drama on CBS from acclaimed Law & Order producer Dick Wolf. The Indian-American actor recently made his Off-Broadway debut in Anything Can Happen: The Songs of Maury Yeston alongside Broadway veterans Robert Cuccioli and Jill Paice. The review was produced by the multiple Tony Award-winning composer himself at the Triad Theatre. Michael also recently played the groom, Hemant, in the world premier of Mira Nair's musical stage adaptation of Monsoon Wedding in a box office record-breaking production at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
A native of New Jersey, Michael received his earliest vocal training in the American Boychoir and did his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University and the Peabody Institute of Music of Johns Hopkins University.
Michael is the 2016 Gold Medalist in the American Traditions Competition. He also won Third Prize at the International Lotte Lenya Competition and First Prize in the 2014 NATS National Musical Theater Competition.
Michael also enjoys teaching voice privately and performing regularly with some of New York City’s top vocal ensembles, including Trident Ensemble, Musica Sacra, Voices of Ascension, the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and Musica Viva of NY. He serves as the principal cantor for the parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena in Manhattan, where he sings in the professional Schola Cantorum.
Michael is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association and is represented by Harden Curtis Kirsten Riley Agency.