IBLA FOUNDATION

New York City

32nd ANNIVERSARY – IBLA GRAND PRIZE WINNERS

  Celebrating the life of Chairwoman Baroness Maria Zerilli Marimo’

                Dr. Salvatore Moltisanti, President

 

2023 IBLA FOUNDATIONS WINNERS – BIOGRAPHIES

 

Michael Barimo, Whistler – USA
IBLA GRAND PRIZE Top Prize Winner, Michael Barimo was raised in Winter Park, Florida and  began his career as a singer and whistler as a child, performing with a boys’ choir and touring as Amahl in Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera Amahl and The Night Visitors. When he was a small child his aunt gave him a pet canary that inspired him to whistle. Michael won several whistling competitions, and in 1999, attained the title of World Champion of Musical Whistling at the Millennium Championship of Musical Whistling in Edmonton, Alberta, where he began whistling operatic arias, particularly those with fast coloratura. Michael attended Columbia College of Columbia University in New York City, graduating in 2006 with two B.A.s in Italian Literature and Anthropology. He won the Sergio Franchi scholarship from the National Italian American Foundation and performed at galas in D.C. and Connecticut. On March 30, 2003, while a freshman at Columbia, Michael appeared as the musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Michael has performed at Weill Recital Hall with the IBLA Foundation, and toured with IBLA in Sicily, England and the USA. Michael has been profiled in the New York Times, America Oggi, The Sydney Morning Herald, BBC News Online and other media outlets.

His whistling can be heard in every episode of BBC’s animated series 3rd and Bird, a preschool series. He has also appeared in numerous PBS, Nickelodeon and Amazon streaming series, most notably the 2019 reboot of Clifford The Big Red Dog as well as Peg + Cat, Pinkalicious, and The Wonder Pets. In 2019, Michael appeared as the soloist with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, in Windsor, Ontario.