Principal Flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1977 until his retirement in 2008, Michael Parloff has been heard regularly as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. He has collaborated with such noted artists as Jessye Norman, James Galway, Peter Serkin, Dawn Upshaw, Thomas Hampson, Jaime Laredo, James Levine, and the Emerson String Quartet and has performed on numerous occasions at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
As a lecturer, conductor, and teacher, Michael Parloff has appeared at major conservatories and university music schools in the United States and abroad. These venues include the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Yale University, Music@Menlo, Tanglewood, and the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland. He is also a regular lecturer and concert organizer for Ponant Cruises.
Michael Parloff is the founder and Artistic Director of Parlance Chamber Concerts In Ridgewood, NJ. The mission of Parlance Chamber Concerts is to promote the appreciation and understanding of classical music in Northern New Jersey by presenting the world's finest singers and instrumentalists in affordable, innovatively programmed public concerts and educational events. In recent seasons, Parlance Chamber Concerts has presented such renowned artists as the Emerson, Jerusalem, and Danish String Quartets, pianists Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, and Garrick Ohlsson, Met Opera singers Stephanie Blythe, Thomas Hampson, Matthew Polenzani, Isabel Leonard, and Nathan Gunn, flutist James Galway, and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman.
Michael Parloff has been a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music since 1985.