Having completed his Masters in Orchestral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in June 2016, Michael has since moved to Lyon where he has acted as assistant conductor for both Leonard Slatkin and David Zinman at the Orchestre National de Lyon. Michael’s connection with the Orchestre National de Lyon has led him to meet several professional conductors, and continues to enable him to observe every rehearsal throughout the season.
In 2016 Michael was Assistant Conductor to Alice Farnham, and On-Stage Bandmaster, for the award-winning Welsh National Youth Opera production of Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies’ “Kommilitonen!”; an ‘in the round’ opera about students and their fight to change history. “Kommilitonen!” won Best Production at the Welsh Theatre Awards in February 2017, along with a nomination for Best Production at the National Opera Awards in the whole of the UK.
Michael is Principal Conductor of Orchestra Vitae, having co-founded the orchestra in 2012 with Fiona Gibbs. The orchestra has succeeded in creating large-scale orchestral concerts for over 5 years, and has performed in the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert hall, and regularly at its home in St John’s Smith Square.
Having been taught by David Jones at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Michael has enjoyed the hands on professional experience of working with Carlo Rizzi as assistant conductor on Verdi’s “Falstaff”. During his two years of Masters study, Michael directed The Copland Ensemble, The REPCO Sinfonia, and Accacela (the college’s cello ensemble). He has also assistant conducted for productions of Britten, Janacek, Mozart, Verdi and Gluck.
Michael is a cellist, and can occasionally be heard playing Bach in the small cobbled streets of Lyon on sunny weekends.