Violinist Micah Gangwer joined the Charleston Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Concertmaster in the fall of 2012. Before moving to Charleston, he has held positions as Principal Second Violinist of the South Carolina Philharmonic and Associate Concertmaster of Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and is formerly a 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 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. 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.
Micah currently lives in West Ashley with his wife Rachel, who is the music librarian for the orchestra and performs frequently in the CSO viola section.