Michael is Principal Conductor for Orchestra Vitae, which he co-founded with Fiona Gibbs in 2012. The Orchestra has performed at The Royal Festival Hall and currently has a residency at St John, Smith Square.
Having completed his Masters in Orchestral Conducting under David Jones at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2016, he has enjoyed the hands on professional experience of working with Carlo Rizzi as assistant conductor on Verdi’s Falstaff and Alice Farnham as assistant on Sir Peter Maxwell Davis’s Komillitonen! with the Welsh National Youth Opera.
Michael has built his conducting experience firstly through undergraduate studies with Lev Parikian during his first Music Degree at Royal Holloway, University of London. Whilst there he conducted the Royal Holloway Symphony Orchestra in Bruch’s Kol Nidri and was awarded the student Conducting Scholarship to work with the Amersham and Chesham Choral Society conducting Schubert’s Mass in Eb and Haydn’s Creation. Further courses in Sherbourne under George Hurst, Royal Northern College of Music under Mark Heron and Clarke Rundell and in Bulgaria with Johannes Schlaefli inspired him to pursue a Masters in Conducting.
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 experienced the development of Opera as assistant conductor in productions of Britten, Janacek, Mozart, Verdi and Gluck.