Michael Foyle *
Praised for ‘playing of compelling conviction’ (The Daily Telegraph) and ‘full of sparkling detail, with tonal beauty and incisive rhythmic clarity, balancing wit and poetry’ (The Strad), Michael Foyle's current season includes concerto debuts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra. In Autumn 2018, he releases his Great War Centenary Recital CD for Challenge Records International (Debussy, Janacek and Respighi Sonatas) and in early 2019 he will release the complete violin and piano works of Lutoslawski and Penderecki on Delphian Records.
In the past two seasons, Michael has made his recital debuts in Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Bridgewater Hall, Usher Hall, Buckingham Palace and St. Magnus International Festival. Abroad, he has made solo appearances in International House of Music (Moscow), The Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), New York Chamber Music Festival, Cervantino Festival (Mexico) and Evgeny Mravinsky Festival (St. Petersburg).
Michael won The Netherlands Violin Competition, Royal Overseas League String Competition and BBC Young Musician of the Year Tabor Award. Additionally, he won Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition and Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Competition in his acclaimed duo with pianist Maksim Stsura ('superlative musicians and technicians ... astonishing mutual understanding, feeling and responsiveness' - Seen and Heard International). He has given the world premieres of solo and chamber works by over 30 living composers.
Born in Ayrshire in 1991, Michael gave his concerto debut in Edinburgh Festival Theatre and was Leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, before studying as a top prize-winning scholar of the Royal Academy of Music in London (MBF Parikian Award, MMSF Hurwitz Award, Roth Prize, Regency Award) and the University of Music and Arts in Vienna. His studies with Maureen Smith, Daniel Rowland and Pavel Vernikov were complemented by masterclasses with James Ehnes, Stephen Kovacevich and Maxim Vengerov, during which time he was selected as a Park Lane Group, Kirckman Concert Society and Making Music Young Concert Artist.
In addition to his solo and chamber performances this season, Michael is invited as Guest-Leader of BBC Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra and London Conchord Ensemble. He is also Violin Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was elected Associate in May 2018, and is a City Music Foundation ambassador. Michael plays a Gennaro Gagliano violin (1750) on loan.