The Hungarian organist, harpsichordist and pianist, Miklós Mikael Spányi, studied harpsichord and organ at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy with Ferenc Gergely and János Sebestyén. He continued his studies at the Royal Flemish Conservatory (Koninklijk Vlaams Muziekconservatorium) in Antwerp with Jos van Immerseel and at the Hochschule für Music in Munich with Hedwig Bilgram. He has won first prize at international harpsichord competitions in Nantes (1984) and Paris (1987).
Miklós Spányi has given concerts in most European countries as soloist on five different historical keyboard instruments (organ, harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, tangent piano), as well as playing continuo with various chamber groups and Baroque orchestras. He has been Artistic Director of the Hungarian Baroque orchestra Concerto Armonico, founded in 1983. He has recorded an extensive discography for different labels as soloist and with his orchestra.
For already a couple of decades Miklós Spányi's work as performer and researcher has been focused on Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Today he is one of the world’s most acknowledged C.P.E. Bach scholars and performers. For the Swedish label BIS he has recorded C.P.E. Bach's Complete Keyboard Concertos on 20 CD's and he is working on the recording of C.P.E. Bach's Complete Solo Keyboard Music, of which already 31 CD's have been issued. Hungaroton Records has published the series Tangent Piano Collection with Miklós Spaéyi, mostly featuring chamber music with tangent piano. For Könemann Music Budapest he has edited some volumes of C.P.E. Bach's solo keyboard oeuvre. He has also worked intensively to revive C.P.E. Bach's favourite keyboard instrument, the clavichord.
Miklós Spányi was living in Finland from 1990 to 2012, teaching at the Oulu Conservatoire and the Sibelius Academy and he was Artistic Director of the Finnish early music group Ensemble Opus X. He has given master-classes in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, France, Portugal, Hungary and Finland. Currently he is associated as teacher at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim, Germany, at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary and at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands.