Violinist Micah Gangwer is in his first season as Assistant Concertmaster with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. He also holds positions as Principal Second Violinist of the South Carolina Philharmonic and Associate Concertmaster of Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and was a former member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. He is currently a doctoral candidate in violin performance at the University of South Carolina, and received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Miami University and the University of Oklahoma, respectively.
Micah made his solo debut performing with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra when he was eleven years old, and throughout his childhood and college he won a number of solo and concerto competitions. He has performed as a soloist with various professional and collegiate orchestras across America, and has been showcased on public radio and television as a jazz, bluegrass, and classical violinist. Recent engagements include a performance of the Tan Dun Violin Concerto “The Love” with Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and in November 2012 will be performing the Suite for Violin and Orchestra by William Grant Still with the South Carolina Philharmonic.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Gangwer has played in concerts across America and Europe including performances for ambassadors, royalty, and several heads of state/government (including former Prime Minister Sir John Major of Great Britain). In 2003, Micah was a finalist in the internationally recognized Coleman Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Lennox Trio. Micah has participated and performed in many festivals and institutes including the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, Salzburg Chamber Music Institute, and has performed, toured, and recorded for three summers as a member of the Echternach Festival Orchestra of Luxembourg, and served for several seasons as the concertmaster of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Charleston SC.