Michael Fili (b. 1987) is an American musician whose work emphasizes the promotion and live performance of contemporary classical music. An award-winning composer, Michael’s music is regularly featured throughout the United States and Europe and has received multiple awards on both continents. As a professional chorister, Michael has performed with many of the world’s prominent orchestras, including the leading ensembles of Amsterdam, Baltimore, Berlin, Munich, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Washington DC. Michael has been active in chamber and symphonic choruses based in Pittsburgh PA, Princeton NJ, and Washington DC.
Michael is co-founder and Artistic Director of StageFree Music, a Washington, DC based chamber music collective that supports the work of living composers, particularly those with ties to the DC region. In its first few seasons, StageFree has programmed the work of over a dozen DC area composers in concerts that contextualize the music and provide opportunities for audiences to interact with the composers and performers. For the 2018-2019 season, Michael also serves as Artistic Director of TEMPO, the University of Maryland’s new music ensemble. Under Michael’s direction, the current TEMPO season includes seven concerts that consist of twelve premieres, performances of work by major living composers, and a concert of music by composers working at the University of Maryland.
Michael holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Maryland, and Westminster Choir College, where his primary teachers included Leonardo Balada, Joel Phillips, and Mark Wilson, composition; Marsha Randall and Charles Walker, voice; and Robert Page, conducting. He is active as a music educator currently teaching music theory at the University of Maryland and the College of Southern Maryland. His compositions are published with Musikverlag Hayo in Europe, Transcontinental Music in the United States, and self-published.