Dr. Misha Galaganov, Chair of Strings and Associate Professor of Viola at Texas Christian University (TCU), began his music studies on the piano at the age of 5 with his mother, Anna Galaganov, and on violin at the age of 6 with his father, Pavel Galaganov, Concertmaster of Kislovodsk Symphony Orchestra, Russia. Before his arrival to the USA, Galaganov’s main teachers included such prominent musicians as Valeri Gorbunov and Mikhail Kugel; he also took lessons with Matvey Liberman, student of David Oistrakh, and master classes in Jerusalem, Israel with Tabea Zimmermann.
Galaganov completed his Artist Certificate at SMU, Dallas with Barbara Sudweeks in 1996, MM with Martha Katz at Rice University, Houston in 1998, and DMA with Martha Katz and Wayne Brooks at Rice University in 2002.
While still a DMA student, Galaganov was invited to join the New Orlando Quartet in Amsterdam, Holland and engaged by Young Artists International for concerts in the USA. In 2000, Galaganov accepted a full time teaching position at TCU as viola and chamber music professor. TCU had no students majoring in viola in 2000, but Galaganov managed to build his viola studio to full capacity in just three years. Now his former viola and violin students can be heard as Principals in orchestras, university teachers, soloists, and chamber music performers.
An avid proponent of chamber music, Galaganov is the founder of the following programs: Chamber Music Roundup festival, which gives amateur musicians the rare opportunity to rehearse and perform with top concert artists in the same ensembles; Chamber Music Roundup Academy for amateur musicians that functions on semester basis; 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).
Galaganov is a member of Trio Con Brio, a unique group combining viola, clarinet (Gary Whitman), and piano (John Owings). The group has received fifteen new compositions in the last nine 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 has just released a new Albany Records CD, “A Musical Celebration,” with works by Eric Ewazen (USA) and Elena Sokolovski (Israel), written for the ensemble.
Galaganov’s solo and chamber music engagements have taken him to concert halls in the USA, Latin America, Europe, and China. He has given lectures and master classes in major conservatories around the world, including Juilliard, 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, and Mimir festival in the USA. Every summer, he has returned to Durango, Colorado to be on the faculty of the Conservatory Music in the Mountains. Galaganov performs on a French viola made by Mansuy a Paris.