Cellist from Bucharest, Romania, who started out on the
piano and violin before gravitating to the cello at eight or nine years of
age. He attended the Bucharest
Academy of Music, the Bucharest National University of Music, and the George
Enescu High School of Music. For seven months, he was a member of
the National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Bucharest.
In 1996, he
relocated to the United States,
joining his brother Adrian, a bassoonist in Boston, Massachusetts. He furthered his education at the
Boston Conservatory of Music, Boston
University, and the Tanglewood
Music Center. His teachers included Jules Eskin, Ronald Feldman, and Bernard Greenhouse.
In 2000, he
joined the Orchestra of Indian Hill and was their principal cellist until
2001. Other groups with whom he
has worked include the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Cello
Quartet, the Boston Pops, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, the LiveARTS
String Quartet, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the Longy
Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Indian Hill, the Rhode Island College
Symphony Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Triptych String
He beat out
over 200 aspiring cellists to win a seat in the Boston Symphony Orchestra
in 2001 and played his first concert with them on 15th January
September 2002, he was one of four musicians to give the world premiere of
T.J. Anderson’s “Game Play” at the St. Francis Auditorium
in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
He took part
in the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra’s season
finale on 9th May 2003 at First and Second
Church in Boston, where he performed “Cello
Concerto in D” by Franz Joseph Haydn.
September 2003, he teamed up with Tamara Smirnova
at West Cummington Congregational Church for a
recital of duos for violin and cello by George Frideric
Handel and Zoltan Kodaly.
He was a guest
soloist of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra on 1st November 2003
when he played Antonin Dvorak’s “Concerto
for Cello and Orchestra”.
On 30th January 2005, he reprised this concerto at the
Littleton Performing Arts Center with the Orchestra of Indian Hill.
He soloed on
Ernst Bloch’s “Schelomo for Solo
Cello and Orchestra” with the Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra
at the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts on 4th
January 2008, he and violinist Haldan Martinson
joined forces with the Orchestra of Indian Hill at Littleton High School,
where they interpreted the “Concerto for Violin and Cello” of
Members of the
BSO, including Mihail, were invited to supply
some of the music—specifically Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Clarinet
Quintet”—for Senator Ted Kennedy’s memorial service on 29th
October 2009, the LiveARTS String Quartet
delivered the world premiere of Don Krishnaswami’s
“String Quartet No. 1” in Franklin,
revisited some familiar territory on 23rd October 2009 when he
appeared as the featured soloist at the Longy
School of Music for a performance of Antonin
Dvorak’s “Cello Concerto in B minor”.
November 2009, he gave a master class in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall at Williams College. The Berkshire Symphony Orchestra
appeared at Chapin Hall on 13th November 2009, when Mihail and Haldan reunited
for Brahms “Double Concerto”.
2010, he helped co-found the Boston Cello Quartet. They made their debut in Ozawa Hall
at Tanglewood in July 2010. On 9th August 2010, they
appeared in the Ventfort
and Gilded Museum
in Lenox, Massachusetts. Their program comprised Tomaso Albioni’s “Adagio”,
Wilhelm Fitzenhagen’s “Konzertwalzer, Op. 31”, Mozart’s overture
from The Marriage of Figaro and “Sonata
in D major, K. 381”, Astor Piazzolla’s
“La muerte del angel”, and Franz
Schubert’s “Marche Militaire”.
He and pianist
Wayman Chin participated in the Longy School of Music’s SeptemberFest
2010 when they offered up Samuel Barber’s “Cello Sonata, Op. 6”.
January 2001, the BCQ appeared at the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut
Hill where they played music by their own Blaise Dejardin, Mozart, Piazzolla,
clarinetist Michael Wayne and pianist Martin Katz gave a recital at the Longy School of Music on 27th March 2001
that included Brahms’ “Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A
minor, Op. 114”, Francis Poulenc’s “Sonata for Clarinet
and Piano”, and Sergei Prokofiev’s “Sonata for Cello and
Piano, Op. 119”.
April 2011, the Orchestra of Indian Hill told the musical story of Don
Quixote in three different ways, once with “Three Songs of Don Quichotte a Dulcinee”
by Maurice Ravel, and then again with Don
Quixote by Richard Strauss and “Suite in G major” (“Don
Quixote”) by Georg Philipp Telemann. Mihail
played the all-important cello part in the Strauss piece.
The BCQ took
the stage in Lillie Auditorium at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods
Hole on 12th June 2011, when they played works by Albinoni, Dejardin, Mozart, Gioacchino Rossini, and Schubert. The recital included Dejardin’s “Variations on a New World”.
June 2011, Mihail collaborated with the Boston
Pops Orchestra and Keith Lockhart on Friedrich Gulda’s
“Concerto for Cello, Wind Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble.
returned to Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood on 29th
July 2011 for an ambitious program that comprised Claude Debussy’s “Clair
de lune”, Dejardin’s
“Wolfgang Variations”, Dvorak’s “Humoreska in G, Op. 101, No. 7”, the world
premiere of Tetsuro Hoshii’s
“The Waltz of the Black Ants”, highlights from Modest
Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an
Exhibition, Arvo Part’s “Fratres”, Rossini’s overture from William Tell, and Patrice Sciortino’s “Iber-Amer,
Three Dances from Latin America”.
August 2011, the BCQ opened for Train at Tanglewood,
where they performed their own arrangements of songs by the Grammy-winning
pianist Alina Polyakov
and violinist Alex Velinson haunted Phillips
Recital Hall at Gordon
College on 4th
November 2011, when they played a pair of piano trios by Schubert and Peter
In the field
of music education, he has taught at the Boston Conservatory, the Longy School of Music, the Tanglewood Music
Center, and Williams College. His students have included Eleanor
Blake, Daria Janssen, Kett
Chuan Lee, Joanna Morrison, Aristides Rivas, and Ying Jua
He has also
appeared on a handful of recordings:
in Boston, Leave Your Sleep
by Natalie Merchant, and the soundtrack of ObsCure: The Aftermath.