Misha Galaganov - photo by Jack Settle.

Mikhail Misha Galaganov

Professor of Viola
Ed Landreth Hall 124

m.galaganov@tcu.edu | 817-257-6619


Orchestra violin performer and violin music school teacher diploma - Min Vody Music College, Russia

BM in Viola Performance - Academy of Music and Dance, Jerusalem, Israel

Artist Certificate in Viola Performance - SMU, Dallas, TX

MM in Viola Performance - Rice University, Houston, TX

DMA in Viola Performance - Rice University, Houston, TX

Courses Taught

Chamber Music
New Music Ensemble
String Performance Pedagogy

Areas of Focus

Preparation for Solo Performances and Competitions
Orchestra Auditions preparation
Chamber Music for professionals, students, and amateur musicians

Dr. Misha Galaganov, Professor of Viola at TCU, won a solo competition of the entire Stavropol province of the former Soviet Union already at the age of 7. Before accepting a full time teaching position at TCU as viola and chamber music professor, he had briefly worked with the New Orlando Quartet in Amsterdam, Holland and had been engaged by Young Artists International for concerts in the USA.

Solo and chamber music engagements have taken Galaganov to concert halls in the USA, Middle East, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. He has premiered numerous pieces for viola solo, viola sonatas, and viola in chamber music that were written specially for him by composers from Israel, Russia, Mexico, Peru, Belgium, Italy, Uruguay, and the USA.

Galaganov is a member of Trio Con Brio, a unique group combining viola, clarinet (Gary Whitman), and piano (John Owings). The group has received seventeen new compositions in the last sixteen years from several composers of different countries around the world. Trio’s performances and premieres of new works took place in many prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall and Shanghai Concert Hall. The group released an Albany Records CD, “A Musical Celebration,” with works by Eric Ewazen (USA) and Elena Sokolovski (Israel), written for the ensemble. They are also featured on “Chiaroscuro”: Chamber Music of Richard Lavenda, a CD by Ravello label.

An avid proponent of chamber music, Galaganov is the founder and director/coordinator of the following programs: Chamber Music Roundup Intensive String Quartet Workshop; Chamber Music Roundup festival for amateurs and students; Chamber Music Roundup Academy; Student Chamber Music at Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute; Chamber Music Program at the Youth Orchestra of the Greater Fort Worth; and Chamber Music Center in Steinway Hall, Fort Worth (co-founder). In addition, he is currently coordinating New Music Ensemble program at TCU.

Galaganov’s teaching activities took him to major conservatories around the world, including Juilliard, Rice University, Beijing Conservatory, and Shanghai Conservatory. He has taught and performed in several European and American Festivals, such as EuroArts festival in Germany, Orlando Festival in Holland, InterHarmony music festival in Italy, and Mimir festival, Summit Music Festival, Conservatory Music in the Mountains, and Wintergreen Festival in the USA. His former viola and violin students are now principal players in orchestras, university teachers, soloists and chamber music performers.

Galaganov’s main teachers included his father Pavel Galaganov – Concertmaster of the Kislovodsk Orchestra, Mikhail Kugel – a world-renowned viola virtuoso, Barbara Sudweeks – Associate Principal of Dallas Symphony, Martha Katz – founding member of the Cleveland Quartet, and Wayne Brooks – Principal Viola of the Houston Symphony. Dr. Galaganov has a violin performance degree from Min Vody College, Russia; BM in Viola Performance from Jerusalem Music Academy, Israel; Artist Certificate from SMU, and MM and DMA degrees from Rice University in Houston.

Galaganov performs on a French viola, Mansuy a Paris.

Solo and chamber music performances in Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia

Master classes and lectures in universities around the world, such as Juilliard, Shanghai Conservatory, Rice University, and many others

International festivals, such as Colorado Music in the Mountains, InterHarmony Music festival (Italy), EuroArts festival (Germany), Mimir Chamber Music Festval, and others

Director of Chamber Music Roundup Programs:

  • Chamber Music Roundup festival for students and amateur musicians of all levels, ages, and instruments
  • Chamber Music Roundup Academy – a semester-based program for music enthusiasts and students in DFW area
  • Chamber Music Roundup Intensive String Quartet Workshop for very advanced string students of college and professional levels

Coordinator of Student Chamber Music at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute

Coordinator of New Music Ensemble program at TCU

A Musical Celebration: CD featuring Trio Con Brio performing music by Ewazen and Sokolovsky

Chiaroscuro: CD featuring music by Richard Lavenda

Solo and chamber music performances in Shanghai Concert Hall, China

Performance with Trio Con Brio in Carnegie Hall, New York

Performance and master classes at EuroArts festival, Leipzig, Germany

Recital and solo performance with an orchestra in Regio Emilio, Italy

Performances with Trio Con Brio in Puerto-Rico

Performances and master classes in Summit Music Festival, New York

Solo recitals in Beit Tikho, Jerusalem, Israel

Chamber music and orchestra performances in Wintergreen Music Festival, VA

Solo and Chamber Music performances in the Conservatory Music in the Mountains, Durango, CO

Galaganov’s students have won top prizes Concerto Competitions and Chamber Music Competitions

DMA (Rice University)

MM (Rice University) Artist Certificate (SMU)

BM (Jerusalem Rubin Academy)

Violin Performance Diploma (Russia)

American Viola Society

Texas Music Teachers Association

Chamber Music Society

Music College Society

Music Teachers National Association

Chamber Music America

American String Teachers Association

College Music Society

Dallas Music Teachers Association

Chamber Music Roundup Programs serve communities across the USA as well as in DFW metroplex

Consultations to students and professional players in DFW area

Performances and lectures in local churches, synagogues, clubs, and other venues