Michael Chertock is the Principal Keyboardist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Head of Keyboard Studies Division at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has performed as piano soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the Boston Pops and the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Toronto, San Diego, Columbus, Dallas and Utah. He has performed at many major music festivals, including Tanglewood, Aspen and Ravinia and has given performances in China, Japan, South Korea, England, Ireland, Portugal and Bulgaria. He has made recordings for many prestigious labels, including Telarc, Naxos, Bridge Records, Boston Records and Vienna Modern Masters. Chertock began conducting in 1999 when he stepped in for Maestro Carmon DeLeone in performances of Cincinnati Ballet’s Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker. He is currently the conductor of the Blue Ash-Montgomery Symphony and frequently composes and arranges music for the orchestra’s concerts. In 2008, he conducted the Columbus Symphony in performances of The Nutcracker with BalletMet Columbus. Michael lives in Landen with his wife, Maaike, daughters Maria and Janneke, and son Joshua. They have an 12-year-old cat named Boris.