Music Director and Conductor
A native of Russia, Maestro Miropolsky has served as principal violinist with the Moscow State Symphony, performed with the Radio and Television String Quartet in many countries around the world, and recorded internationally on the Melodia label. Mr. Miropolsky came to the United States in 1990 and has been the Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra as well as a featured soloist. Along with his numerous musical activities, including performance, judging competitions, and extensive teaching, Mr. Miropolsky, who strongly believes in the value and importance of musical education, has often conducted presentations at schools and colleges. He coaches young musicians and orchestras, gives master classes, and performs as a guest conductor all across the state of Washington.
Michael Miropolsky is both the founder and conductor of the Jewish Community Center Chamber Orchestra, conductor of the Northwest School Orchestra in Seattle, and has served as a faculty member for the University of Puget Sound. He also founded and is the conductor of the Seattle Conservatory of Music Chamber Orchestra Young Virtuosi, which has grown to be the finest student group in the area. He released the group’s first CD, The Best of Young Virtuosi, in 2001.
In 1999 Michael Miropolsky founded the Seattle Violin Virtuosi, a unique ensemble consisting of 12 violins and a piano accompaniment. Three years later, he founded theSeattle Chamber Orchestra and continues to serve as Music Director for both organizations. He released eight CDs with the aforementioned groups on the Ambassador label. The groups earned immediate recognition from critics and audience alike. The Seattle Times named these groups “the best of both musical worlds: Russian tradition and American excellence.”
In 2002, Michael Miropolsky was chosen as the new Music Director of the Cascade Symphony Orchestra. He released the orchestra’s first CD, Symphonic Treasures, in 2007. In 2009 Miropolsky was elected as the Music Director of the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recent recording projects include a CD of opera arias with soprano Christina Kowalski, a CD with euphonium virtuoso Adam Frey and the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, and a CD with the Seattle Violin Virtuosi entitled Berceuse. In 2013 Michael Miropolsky, Rick Steves and the Cascade Symphony Orchestra created the innovative program, Europe, a Symphonic Journey, which received a 60-minute presentation on PBS and was released on both CD and DVD. In addition to his musical endeavors, Michael Miropolsky and the Cascade Symphony Orchestra published the orchestra’s first cookbook, Measures and Pleasures.
The Thalia Symphony Orchestra is privileged to have the services of this outstanding musician, and we look forward to an exciting collaboration in the coming years.