Concerts and Media

“Guest principal timpanist Michael Israelievitch…sounded the drums of war with a fine array of attack and color.”  -Chicago Tribune

“A very stylish and subtle musician.” – Toronto Star

“…the most theatrical concerto performance St. Paul’s Ordway Center may have ever hosted…[Israelievitch] successfully commandeering a 40-foot-long arsenal of percussion instruments with authority and admirable musicality.” -Twin Cities Pioneer Press

“And the cadenzas with the outstanding solo timpanist Michael Israelievitch – superb!” – Badische Zeitung

“Michael Israelievitch’s boisterous account was particularly exhilarating.” -The Star Tribune

“Timpanist Michael Israelievitch delivered a high-volume explosion that a rock drummer would envy.” – Minneapolis-St. Paul Pioneer Press

Michael performs regularly with the SWR Symphonieorchester.  For information about upcoming concerts both in Stuttgart and around the world, and for the schedule of live webcasts, please visit

What to do during a Quarantine: Michael discusses how COVID-19 affected him and his family in the spring of 2020

Watch Michael perform Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) with the SWR Symphonieorchester and conductor Christoph Eschenbach.

Watch Michael perform the Wolfgang Schneiderhan cadenza from Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with violinist Thomas Zehetmair and the SWR Symphonieorchester conducted by Philippe Herreweghe at 13:09.

The SWR Symphony Orchestra introduces Michael and his family.

Hear Michael as soloist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in MacMillan’s Veni, Veni, Emmanuel conducted by Roberto Abbado.

Michael discusses MacMillan’s Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

Michael presents coaching sessions at the New World Symphony on the timpani part to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, coda 1st movement and on Richard Strauss’ Burleske.

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