Michael is proving himself as an architect of his own conducting career with a newly announced position as an Assistant Conductor at Opera de Lyon. Originally from the UK, Michael works across Europe with orchestras, opera companies and dancers. His upcoming work includes engagements with Opera de Lyon, Longborough Festival Opera, Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra, Lambeth Orchestra and The Film Orchestra UK.
Michael’s training continues to be a core part of his work. Michael studied an MA in Orchestral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he also worked as an assistant conductor for Welsh National Youth Opera for two years. He since moved to Lyon, France and is in training with the Opera de Lyon and the Orchestre National de Lyon, assisting conductors such as Daniele Rustioni, David Zinman and Leonard Slatkin. Michael currently takes part in regular masterclasses with Jorma Panula, and Douglass Bostok.
As principal conductor and co-founder of the London-based Orchestra Vitae, Michael has led the orchestra in successfully performing large-scale orchestral concerts for over 7 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.Michael also holds roles as principal conductor of Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra and as principal guest conductor of The Film Orchestra UK.
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.