Michael is a British conductor based in Lyon, France with notable experience working with Opera de Lyon, Welsh National Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, Cambridge Philharmonic, Orchestra Vitae and Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra. In training, Michael has also conducted Orchestre National de Lyon, Argovia Philharmonic, Plovdiv Philharmonic and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris.
This season, Michael will be assisting Martyn Brabbins with the world premiere of Thierry Escaich’s opera Shirine at the Opera de Lyon. Michael has also been selected to take part in a live streamed conducting masterclass with the English Symphony Orchestra this spring, working on a chamber reduction of Mahler’s 9thSymphony at Wyastone Concert Hall.
Michael has an MA Performance in Orchestral Conducting from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he trained under David Jones and assisted Carlo Rizzi on a production of Verdi’s Falstaff. Michael also worked as an assistant conductor for Welsh National Youth Opera during his time in Cardiff, working with Alice Farnham on an award winning production of Sir Peter Maxwell Davis’ Kommilitonen!, and Stephen McNeff on a studio recording of his own Welsh language opera Hedd Wyn.
Michael graduated with a BMus (Hons) from Royal Holloway, University of London, where he discovered his passion for conducting with his first teacher Lev Parikian, and developed his interest in chamber music performance under the guidance of cellist Robert Max and conductor Neil Ferris.