Michael is an international orchestral conductor who specialises in unexpected, thought-provoking and collaborative performance. Michael has worked as an assistant conductor with Welsh National Youth Opera, the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, and has had assistantship experience with the Orchestre National de Lyon, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon.
Michael is proud to have been invited to the position of principal conductor for the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra from September 2018. He is looking forward to engaging with the Bristol community of amateur musicians, and has a vision to perform the work of women composers in every concert he conducts. In the Bristol area, Michael also works as Principal Conductor for Insight Ensemble, a collective of musicians who create collaborative and immersive classical music performances.
As principal conductor and co-founder of the London-based Orchestra Vitae, Michael has helped the orchestra succeed in performing large-scale orchestral concerts for over 6 years. Under his leadership, Orchestra Vitae has performed in the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert hall, and regularly at its home in St John’s Smith Square.
Having completed his MA in Conducting under David Jones at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2016, Michael used his time at the College to get hands on professional experience of working as an Assistant Conductor on 6 operas, notably under Carlo Rizzi as assistant conductor on Verdi’s “Falstaff”.
Michael is carving a career that has a close connection with contemporary music. He loves to work with living composers, and has notably worked with Dani Howard on her award-winning commission Arches and David Ridley with the performance and recording of his work Cetacean Story.