Artist Bio

Michael Parloff, Encounter leader

Michael Parloff is the founder and Artistic Director of Parlance Chamber Concerts.The mission of Parlance Chamber Concerts is to promote the appreciation and understanding of classical chamber music by presenting the world’s finest singers and instrumentalists in affordable, innovatively programmed public concerts and educational events. Principal Flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1977 until his retirement in 2008, Parloff has been heard regularly as recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. His many New York City appearances have included solo recitals at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, concerto appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and chamber music performances at the Mostly Mozart Festival and the Morgan Library and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Highly respected as a teacher and lecturer, Michael Parloff has presented master classes at major conservatories and university music schools in the United States and abroad. In recent seasons, he has been a regular lecturer at Music@Menlo and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A member of the flute faculty at Manhattan School of Music since 1985, he is also the conductor of woodwind ensemble concerts.

Michael Parloff will lead Encounter I: Searching for the Musical Soul of Russia (July 15).