Matous Michal was appointed to the second violin section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Ricardo Muti. Prior to that he held a first violin section position in the Grant Park orchestra. Matous has recently been praised by the New York Times as “terrific throughout the program” for his appearance as the concertmaster of the MSM Symphony Orchestra in Richard Strauss’ ‘Ein Heldenleben’.
Originally from the Czech Republic, Matous began his violin studies at the age of four under the tutelage of his father Ladislav Michal. At age fourteen Matous made his solo debut as a result of winning the Dubai International Competition for Young Virtuosos performing the Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Symphonic Orchestra of P.I. Tchaikovsky Moscow. He has won numerous other awards such as the Grand Prize winner and a prize for the best interpretation of the 20th century piece at the Czech National Competition, EMCY Art for Music Artist of the Year and Edition Barenreiter Prize at the Kocian Violin Competition among others.
He began studies at the Prague Conservatory at age fourteen as a student of Jaroslav Foltyn. After graduating from the Prague Conservatory, he joined the studio of Glenn Dicterow at the Juilliard School where he completed his bachelor’s degree. He earned his master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music in the Orchestral Performance program with Mr. Dicterow and Lisa Kim in May 2016, four months after joining the CSO. Matous has served as a concertmaster of The Verbier Festival Orchestra, The Juilliard Orchestra, The Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra and Manhattan School of Music Orchestra. During his studies he was coached by leading chamber musicians Sylvia Rosenberg, Joseph Kalichstein and Earl Carlyss. His other principal teachers include Charles Avsharian and Kathleen Winkler.
Matous joined the CSO alongside his brother in February 2016.