Principal Pops Conductor
Known for his entertaining programs and clever humor, Michael Krajewski is a much sought after conductor of symphonic pops. His role as Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra principal pops conductor spans 17 seasons of great music and variety. He is also the principal pops conductor of the Houston Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – the first to hold such a title in Atlanta.
As a guest conductor Michael has performed with the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; the Boston and Cincinnati Pops; the San Francisco, Baltimore, Detroit, Indianapolis, Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis and National Symphonies, and numerous other orchestras across the United States. In Canada he has led Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, and the Edmonton, Winnipeg and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies. Other international appearances include performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra in concerts in Belfast and Dublin.
Michael conducted the video Silver Screen Serenade with violinist Jenny Oaks Baker, which aired worldwide on BYU Broadcasting, and led the Houston Symphony on two holiday albums. This season Michael conducts his original “Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel” program throughout North America, featuring AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle. Other collaborative programs have included such artists as flutist James Galway, mezzo Marilyn Horne, pianist Alicia de Larrocha, guitarist Angel Romero, and pop artists Roberta Flack, Judy Collins, Art Garfunkel, Kenny Loggins, Ben Folds, Doc Severinsen, Sandi Patty, Pink Martini, and Cirque de la Symphonie, among others.
With degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Michael furthered his training at the Pierre Monteux Domaine School for Conductors. He was a Dorati Fellowship Conductor with the Detroit Symphony and later served as that orchestra’s assistant conductor. He was resident conductor of the Florida Symphony and served as music director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra for 11 years. Michael lives in Orlando with his wife Darcy. When not conducting he enjoys travel, photography and solving crossword puzzles.