Principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1977 until his retirement in 2008, Michael Parloff has been heard regularly as recitalist and concerto soloist throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. His New York City appearances have included numerous 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 Morgan Library and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. James Levine. He has collaborated with such noted artists as James Levine, Jessye Norman, James Galway, Peter Serkin, Dawn Upshaw, Thomas Hampson, Jaime Laredo, and the Emerson String Quartet.
A member of the flute faculty at Manhattan School of Music since 1985, Michael Parloff also conducts woodwind ensemble concerts and coaches chamber music at MSM. Mr. Parloff has been associated with the Marlboro Music Festival since the mid-1980s and in recent seasons has taught at Tanglewood, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Colorado College Music Festival.
Michael Parloff is the founder and Artistic Director of Parlance Chamber Concerts in Ridgewood, New Jersey. The organization’s mission is to promote the appreciation and understanding of classical chamber music in Northern New Jersey by presenting the world’s finest singers and instrumentalists in affordable, innovatively programmed public concerts and educational events.
Mr. Parloff has recorded extensively with the Metropolitan Opera for Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, London, and Philips. He has recorded 20th-century chamber music for Gunmar, CRI, and Koch. His solo CD The Flute Album (ESS.A.Y CD1027) surveys 200 years of classic repertoire for the instrument. His annotated volume, Opera Excerpts for Flute, published by Theodore Presser Company in 2000, was a top prizewinner in The National Flute.
Michael Parloff graduated from the Juilliard School in 1974.