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Brothers Matous and Simon Michal appointed Chicago Symphony second violinists

The Czech musicians each studied at the Juilliard School and at the Manhattan School of Music

February 5, 2016

Brothers Matous and Simon Michal from the Czech Republic have been appointed the newest members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s second violin section.

Matous Michal served as concertmaster of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in 2014 and played in the first violin section of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago in the summer of 2015. He was also concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra for four years while completing his Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School, and was concertmaster at The Manhattan School of Music where he received his Master’s degree in Orchestral Performance in 2014.

Simon Michal was appointed concertmaster of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in 2015 after serving as Juilliard Symphony and Juilliard Opera concertmaster from 2011 to 2015. He was also concertmaster of the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra for three years. Simon is currently studying for his Master’s degree in Orchestral Violin at the Manhattan School of Music, and graduated from The Juilliard School with his Bachelor’s degree last year.

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Photo: the brothers performing Händel-Halvorsen’s Passacaglia

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