Dr. Misha Galaganov, Professor of Viola at TCU, won a solo competition of the entire Stavropol province of the former Soviet Union already at the age of 7. Before accepting a full time teaching position at TCU as viola and chamber music professor, he had briefly worked with the New Orlando Quartet in Amsterdam, Holland and had been engaged by Young Artists International for concerts in the USA.

Solo and chamber music engagements have taken Galaganov to concert halls in the USA, Middle East, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. He has premiered numerous pieces for viola solo, viola sonatas, and viola in chamber music that were written specially for him by composers from Israel, Russia, Mexico, Peru, Belgium, Italy, Uruguay, and the USA.

Galaganov is a member of Trio Con Brio, a unique group combining viola, clarinet (Gary Whitman), and piano (John Owings). The group has received seventeen new compositions in the last sixteen years from several composers of different countries around the world. Trio’s performances and premieres of new works took place in many prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall and Shanghai Concert Hall. The group released an Albany Records CD, “A Musical Celebration,” with works by Eric Ewazen (USA) and Elena Sokolovski (Israel), written for the ensemble. They are also featured on “Chiaroscuro”: Chamber Music of Richard Lavenda, a CD by Ravello label.

An avid proponent of chamber music, Galaganov is the founder and director/coordinator of the following programs: Chamber Music Roundup Intensive String Quartet Workshop; Chamber Music Roundup festival for amateurs and students; Chamber Music Roundup Academy; Student Chamber Music at Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute; Chamber Music Program at the Youth Orchestra of the Greater Fort Worth; and Chamber Music Center in Steinway Hall, Fort Worth (co-founder). In addition, he is currently coordinating New Music Ensemble program at TCU.

Galaganov’s teaching activities took him to major conservatories around the world, including Juilliard, Rice University, Beijing Conservatory, and Shanghai Conservatory. He has taught and performed in several European and American Festivals, such as EuroArts festival in Germany, Orlando Festival in Holland, InterHarmony music festival in Italy, and Mimir festival, Summit Music Festival, Conservatory Music in the Mountains, and Wintergreen Festival in the USA. His former viola and violin students are now principal players in orchestras, university teachers, soloists and chamber music performers.

Galaganov’s main teachers included his father Pavel Galaganov – Concertmaster of the Kislovodsk Orchestra, Mikhail Kugel – a world renown viola virtuoso, Barbara Sudweeks – Associate Principal of Dallas Symphony, Martha Katz – founding member of the Cleveland Quartet, and Wayne Brooks – Principal Viola of the Houston Symphony. Dr. Galaganov has a violin performance degree from Min Vody College, Russia; BM in Viola Performance from Jerusalem Music Academy, Israel; Artist Certificate from SMU, and MM and DMA degrees from Rice University in Houston.

He performs on a French viola, Mansuy a Paris.

Photo by Jack Settle