Dr. Mikhail Galaganov has premiered more than thirty compositions for viola alone, viola with piano, and viola in chamber music, written for him by composers from Israel, Russia, Mexico, Peru, Belgium, Italy, Uruguay, and the USA. As Principal Viola of the Dallas Chamber Symphony, he has also premiered many pieces written for a small symphony orchestra and for string chamber ensembles.
Galaganov is the founder of numerous chamber music programs. He is coordinates New Music Ensemble program at TCU and is the founder of the “NME at the Modern Arts Museum” concert series.
Teaching activities have taken Galaganov to major conservatories around the world, and he has taught and performed in numerous European and American Festivals. His former viola and violin students can be found as principal players in orchestras, university teachers, soloists and chamber music performers.
In addition to teaching and performing, Galaganov has written articles for major string publications, including Strad, has served as a reviewer for American String Teachers Association magazine, and has given lectures and presentations at professional conferences. He is working on several research projects and has made transcriptions and arrangements. His recent album, Charm, Passion, and Acrobatics was received with enthusiastic critical acclaim and was streamed more than 300,000 times in the first six months since its release.
Galaganov is Professor of Viola and Chair of Strings at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, TX. He has a violin performance degree from Russia; BM in Viola Performance from Israel; and Artist Certificate, MM, and DMA degrees from the USA. He plays on an old French viola by Mansuy a Paris with gut strings by Damian Dlugolecki.
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