Michael Kropf is a composer currently living in San Francisco and pursuing his master’s degree in Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has garnered several awards from the Conservatory including First Prize in the 2015 Highsmith Orchestral Composition Competition for his work High Spirits; third prize in the Biennial Art Song Composition Competition for his work Make me a picture of the sun; and was the top prize-winner of the Telegraph Quartet Composition Competition, earning a commission and premiere of his Three Pieces for String Quartet. In 2014, Kropf’s composition for chamber ensemble, Kinesthesia, received an honorable mention at the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Awards. Kropf has collaborated with the Telegraph Quartet, the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, soprano Erin O’Meally, and conductor David Bloom.
Kropf serves as Co-Director of the Hot Air Music Festival, a daylong marathon of new music that takes place annually at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is also a Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Dynamic Music Festival, a two-day concert series in New York City focused on creating a dialogue between student composers from different schools in and around the Tri-State area.
Born in Danbury, Connecticut, Kropf received his Bachelor of Music degree from New York University, where he studied with Justin Dello Joio, Luboš Mrkvička, and Youngmi Ha. He attended the European American Musical Alliance in Paris in 2013, and currently studies composition with David Conte.
In 2016, Kropf was commissioned by the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, in partnership with John Adams and Deborah O’Grady’s Pacific Harmony Foundation, to write a new orchestral work. Spinning Music will receive its world premiere by the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop, on Saturday, August 6, during the Inspiration & Impact concert. At 25 years old, Kropf is the youngest composer featured on our concert programs this season, and the sixth in a series of annual collaborations with John Adams to support the next generation of emerging composers.