Photo: Tessa Updike

Photo: Tessa Updike


Michael Kropf is a composer living in San Francisco. He has collaborated with the Marin Alsop, the Telegraph Quartet, the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, and soprano Erin O’Meally. In 2016, Michael 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 called "Spinning Music," which was premiered on August 6th, 2016 by the Festival Orchestra and Marin Alsop. The work was later described as "a brilliant, rapid fire stretch of perpetual motion," by classical music critic Joshua Kosman. 

Upcoming projects include a full-length string quartet being written for the Apple Hill String Quartet and a new work for guitar duo and voice commissioned by One Great City.

Michael completed his Master’s degree in Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2016, where he won First Prize in the Highsmith Orchestral Composition Competition, the Bienial Art Song Composition Competition, and the Telegraph Quartet Composition Competition, as well as Third Prize in their Biennial Choral Competition. In 2014, his composition for chamber ensemble “Kinesthesia” received an honorable mention at the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Awards.

He served as Co-Director of the Hot Air Music Festival, a daylong marathon of new music which 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.

Michael was born in Danbury, Connecticut and 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. He currently studies composition with David Conte.