Simon Michal was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in February 2016 by the Symphony’s Music Director Riccardo Muti. Simon has received numerous awards from competitions including the Grand prize at both the Kocian International Violin Competition and the International Radio Competition Concertino Praga. Simon made his New York solo debut with the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall under the baton of Fabio Luisi as a winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition 2014.
As a chamber musician and orchestral player, Simon has performed at many concerts and festivals throughtout Europe and Northern America including the Verbier Festival, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Juilliard Chamber Fest. In 2014 Mr. Michal has been selected as a member of the first New York Philharmonic Global Academy.
Native of Bezdekov nad Metuji, Czech Republic, Simon took his first violin lessons with his father at the age of four. At 14 years old, he was admitted to the Prague Conservatoire where he studied with Jaroslav Foltyn. His other principal teachers were Charles Avsharian and Pavel Prantl. In 2015 Simon earned his Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School where he studied with the former concertmaster of New York Philharmonic, Glenn Dicterow and Sylvia Rosenberg. In addition he has taken masterclasses with Boris Kuschnir, Julian Rachlin, Gil Shaham, Martin Chalifour, Robert Chen and Jorja Fleezanis. In the fall of 2015 Simon started his studies toward a Master of Music degree with Glenn Dicterow and Lisa Kim at Manhattan School of Music, but left school in January to join the CSO.