Principal Pops Conductor, Calvin and Ellen Hudson Charitable Trust Endowed Chair
Known for his entertaining programs and clever humor, Michael Krajewski is “as effective and entertaining a communicator in music as he is in words” according to the Houston Chronicle. Besides his role as Principal Pops Conductor for the Jacksonville Symphony, he is Music Director of The Philly Pops and Principal Pops Conductor of the Houston and Atlanta Symphonies.
As a guest conductor, Krajewski has performed with the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Boston and Cincinnati Pops and numerous other orchestras in the United State. His international appearances include Canada, Dublin and Belfast with the Ulster Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Spain’s Bilbao Symphony Orchestra.
Krajewski is the conductor of the video, Silver Screen Serenade, with violinist Jenny Oaks Baker which aired worldwide on BYU Broadcasting. His recordings include two holiday albums with the Houston Symphony and other collaborative programs with such artists as flutist James Galway, Jason Alexander, Art Garfunkel, Wynonna Judd, Kenny Loggins, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Pink Martini and Cirque de la Symphonie.
He has degrees from Wayne State University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Further training includes the Pierre Monteux Domaine School for Conductors. Krajewski 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 for 11 years served as music director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. When not conducting, he enjoys travel, photography and solving crossword puzzles.