Matous Michal was appointed to the second violin section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) by Maestro Riccardo Muti in 2016. Prior to that he was a member of the first violin section in the Grant Park Orchestra. Michal received praise from The New York Times as “terrific throughout the program” for an appearance as the concertmaster of the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) Symphony Orchestra in Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben.
Originally from the Czech Republic, Michal began his violin studies at the age of four under his father Ladislav Michal. At age 14 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. Since then he has won numerous other awards.
He began studies at the Prague Conservatory at age 14 as a student of Jaroslav Foltyn. After graduating, 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.
Michal has served as a concertmaster of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra and Manhattan School of Music Orchestra. He received coaching from Sylvia Rosenberg, Joseph Kalichstein and Earl Carlyss, and also studied with Charles Avsharian and Kathleen Winkler.
Matous joined the CSO alongside his brother and fellow violinist Simon Michal in February 2016.