Principal Flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1977 until his retirement in 2008, Michael Parloff has been heard regularly as recitalist and concerto soloist throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. His New York City appearances have included numerous solo recitals at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, concerto appearances at Carnegie Hall and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and chamber music performances at The Mostly Mozart Festival, The Morgan Library and with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Parloff opened the MET Orchestra's 2002 Carnegie Hall concert season with a performance of Carl Nielsen's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra under the direction of James Levine. He has collaborated in New York City chamber music concerts with such noted artists as James Levine, Jessye Norman, James Galway, Peter Serkin, Dawn Upshaw, Thomas Hampson, Jaime Laredo, and the Emerson String Quartet.
Highly respected as a teacher, coach, conductor, and lecturer, Michael Parloff has presented masterclasses at major conservatories and university music schools in the United States and abroad. A member of the flute faculty at Manhattan School of Music since 1985, Michael Parloff also conducts woodwind ensemble concerts and coaches chamber music at MSM. Mr. Parloff has been associated with the Marlboro Music Festival since the mid-1980s, and in recent seasons he has taught, coached, and lectured at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, the National Orchestral Institute, the Colorado College Music Festival, and Music@Menlo.
Michael Parloff is the founder and Artistic Director of Parloff Chamber Concerts. Parlance Chamber Concerts' mission is to promote the appreciation and understanding of classical chamber music in Northern New Jersey by presenting the world's finest singers and instrumentalists in affordable, innovatively programmed public concerts and educational events. He also maintains an association with the Metropolitan Opera, organizing a series of salon chamber concerts featuring members of the Met Orchestra in the homes of major Met patrons. In addition, since 1996 he has presented over 25 benefit concerts for various nonprofit organizations and humanitarian causes in Northern Bergen County, New Jersey.
Mr. Parloff has recorded extensively with the Metropolitan Opera for Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, London, and Philips. He has recorded 20th Century chamber music for Gunmar, CRI, and Koch. His solo CD The Flute Album (ESS.A.Y CD1027) surveys 200 years of classic repertoire for the instrument.
Michael Parloff's annotated volume, Opera Excerpts for Flute, published by Theodore Presser Company in 2000, was a top prizewinner in The National Flute Association's 2001 Newly-Published Music Competition.