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 won The Netherlands Violin Competition 2016. His acclaimed performance of Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No.1 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra led to an immediate invitation to give his debut recital at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. In 2017-18, he returns to the Rotterdam Philharmonic with Korngold’s Violin Concerto, and makes his debut with the English Chamber Orchestra in Cadogan Hall playing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.1. Other London appearances this season include performances of the Beethoven, Dvorak, Elgar and Tchaikovsky concerti.
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 and Buckingham Palace. Abroad, he has performed Brahms’ Violin Concerto in Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and has given recitals for the Cervantino Festival in Mexico, New York Chamber Music Festival and Evgeny Mravinsky Festival in Tallinn and St. Petersburg. This year, he records his debut CDs: the complete works for violin and piano by Lutoslawksi and Penderecki for Delphian Records, and a World War One centenary release for Challenge Records.
Born in Ayrshire in 1991, Michael gave his concerto debut in Edinburgh Festival Theatre aged eight. He went on to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year Tabor Award 2008 and to lead the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, before studying at the Vienna Konservatorium with Pavel Vernikov and at the Royal Academy of Music in London where, upon graduation, he was awarded the Regency Prize for Excellence and the Roth Prize for the highest violin mark of the year. At the same time, Michael won the Royal Overseas League String Competition, while his acclaimed duo with pianist Maksim Stsura won the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Competition and the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition ('superlative musicians and technicians ... astonishing mutual understanding, feeling and responsiveness' - Seen and Heard International). He subsequently performed as a Park Lane Group, Kirckman Concert Society and Making Music Young Concert Artist, and is currently a City Music Foundation ambassador.
Michael plays a Gennaro Gagliano violin (1750) on loan. In addition to his solo and chamber performances this season, he is invited as Guest-Leader of BBC Symphony Orchestra and as Violin Professor at Royal Academy of Music.