Praised for playing of ‘compelling conviction’ (The Daily Telegraph) and performances ‘full of sparkling detail, with tonal beauty and incisive rhythmic clarity, balancing wit and poetry’ (The Strad).
Michael Foyle launched his career by winning The Netherlands Violin Competition in 2016. His performance of Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No.1 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra led to an immediate invitation to give his debut recital in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
His London debut followed with a recital at the Wigmore Hall (‘superlative’ – Seen and Heard International) and since then he has performed recitals in the UK’s most prestigious venues, including Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Buckingham Palace, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Bridgewater Hall and Usher Hall, regularly being broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
In 2018-19 he released his debut CDs, ‘The Great War Centenary - Debussy, Janacek and Respighi Sonatas’ on Challenge Records and ‘Lutoslawski and Penderecki: Complete Violin and Piano Works’ on Delphian Records, both to critical acclaim (‘vividly and beautifully conceived and executed – BBC Music Magazine, ‘richly detailed and impassioned performances’ - The Daily Telegraph, ‘a dream debut, 10/10’ – Luister, ’an extraordinary release, played phenomenally’ – Stretto).
Michael now pursues a busy solo career, recently performing concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall (Prokofiev No.1), the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdansk (Elgar), Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia in Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, (Brahms) and a return to the Rotterdam Philharmonic (Korngold). He gives recitals at important festivals worldwide, including St. Magnus International Festival, New York Chamber Music Festival, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Cervantino Festival (Mexico) and Evgeny Mravinsky Festival (St. Petersburg).
Also a passionate collaborator, Michael has recently performed with the likes of Michael Collins, Rafael Payare, Trevor Pinnock, London Conchord Ensemble and the Brodsky Quartet. With duo pianist Maksim Stsura, he has given over 200 recitals. He has performed premieres of solo and chamber works by over 30 living composers, while invitations to perform as Guest-Concertmaster with orchestras such as BBC Symphony and The Halle have seen him working with conductors including Semyon Bychkov, Mark Elder, Oliver Knussen, Sakari Oramo and Vasily Petrenko.
Michael was born in Scotland in 1991 and, as a teenager, won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Tabor Award. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Maureen Smith and at the Vienna Konservatorium with Pavel Vernikov, also receiving masterclasses from James Ehnes and Maxim Vengerov. During this time, Michael won the Royal Overseas League String Competition, the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition and Beethoven Society of Europe Competition, and was selected for the Park Lane Group, City Music Foundation, Kirckman Concert Society, Making Music Young Concert Artists and Live Music Now.
Michael was appointed Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in 2016 and is regularly invited to give masterclasses during tours in Europe, North America and Asia. He plays a Gennaro Gagliano violin (1750) on loan.