Alumni Musicians: Michael Israelievitch ’01

Praised by The New York Times for his “infectious charisma” and by the Toronto Star as a “very stylish and subtle musician”, percussionist Michael Israelievitch is widely recognized for his innate musicality and “electrifying” artistry (The Pioneer Press).

From 1999 to 2015, Michael performed with his father, the late violinist Jacques Israelievitch, as the Israelievitch Duo during which time they commissioned dozens of works and performed extensively in recital and with orchestra. In 2006, they released a commercial recording for Fleur de Son Classics, entitled Hammer and Bow. From 2010 to 2015, Michael was the Principal Timpanist of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra 2010-215. Then he spent one season in the San Francisco Symphony before accepting his current post at the SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart, Germany. He reports he and his family are happily making their home abroad and come back to visit family and friends when they can. You can learn more about Michael’s career at

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