Michael is an international conductor with notable experience working for Opera de Lyon, Orchestre National de Lyon, Welsh National Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra, Lambeth Orchestra and Orchestra Vitae. Michael is passionate about music that represents or includes under-represented people. With a recent Opera de Lyon debut as an assistant conductor, Michael worked on a world premiere opera about an emancipated princess in 12th Century Armenia composed by Thierry Escaich. When programming concerts himself, Michael has committed to including a work by a woman composer in every concert he conducts. This has led to a wonderful discovery of a vast and diverse repertoire.
Originally from the UK, Michael now works between France and the UK with orchestras, opera companies and dancers. 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, 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 regular masterclasses with Jorma Panula, and Douglass Bostok.