String Faculty

Misha Galaganov

Professor of Viola and Division Chair of Strings

Dr. Misha Galaganov is Professor of Viola and Chair of Strings at Texas Christian University (TCU). 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.

An avid proponent of chamber music, Galaganov is the founder and director/coordinator of the following programs: Chamber Music Roundup Intensive String Quartet Seminar for string students of the highest level; Chamber Music Roundup festival, which gives amateur musicians the rare opportunity to rehearse and perform with top concert artists in the same ensembles; Chamber Music Roundup Academy for amateur musicians that functions on semester basis; 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).

Galaganov is a member of Trio Con Brio, a unique group combining viola, clarinet (Gary Whitman), and piano (John Owings). The group has received fifteen new compositions in the last fifteen 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.

Solo and chamber music engagements have taken Galaganov to concert halls in the USA, Middle East, Latin America, Europe, and China. He has given lectures and master classes in 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, and Mimir festival, Summit Music Festival, Conservatory Music in the Mountains, and Wintergreen Festival in the USA. His former viola and violin students can be heard as principal players in orchestras, seen as university teachers, and enjoyed in recitals and concerts as soloists and chamber music performers.

Galaganov performs on a French viola, Mansuy a Paris.

The approach to each student is highly individual.
The following skills are taught to every student:

  • Critical use of knowledge
  • Efficient practice/study skills
  • Objective self-evaluation
  • Concentration on individual progress and goals
  • Ability to learn from performances of others
  • Basic technical principals of playing the instrument
  • Predominance of musical approach to performance, including performances of exercises and scales. The following is varied:
    • Goals
    • Amount of assigned music
    • Amount and character of assigned analyses, research, reading, etc.
    • Grading for performances
    • Programs
  • The manner of playing the instrument, including hand positions, bowing, fingering, hold of the violin or viola, and many other details.
  • The ways of communicating with students

Artist Certificate-Southern Methodist