Conductor Michael Young was the winner of the Audience Prize at the Eighth Leeds Conducting Competition and is now the Artistic Director and co-founder of Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity, a crowd-funded, elite London-based chamber orchestra 'fusing topical talk and classical music for today's world.'
- "Michael has an indisputable gift : he can, by his conducting, convince other people to love the music he is dealing with as much as he does."
- Antony Hermus, Principal Guest Conductor: North Netherlands Orchestra
Previously he has been Music Director for Charities Philharmonia and London Youth Opera and founding conductor of Vanbrugh Ensemble. He has been assistant conductor to Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra for their Britten Centenary performances in London, Vienna and Moscow. Michael has also assisted Bernard Haitink and Ed Gardner and in 2014 joined the music staff at Grange Park Opera, as cover conductor and assistant chorus master.
Described by the Guardian as an 'Electric Conductor', Michael won the audience prize and Viva award at the Leeds Conductors' Competition and came third in the Ninth International Pedrotti Conducting Competition. In the UK Michael has worked with the English National Opera, Fabulous Beast Company and the Orchestra of Opera North amongst others. Overseas Michael has conducted orchestras including the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Perù, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Haydn di Trento e Bolzano and the Ensemble Zandonai.
Michael began conducting whilst an undergraduate at the University of Leeds where he was awarded the Lord Snowden Prize for raising the profile of classical music at the university. Here he formed the Leeds University Union Symphony Chorus and established a series of charity concerts in aid of Cancer Research UK at Leeds Town Hall that have continued to this day.
Michael loves to conduct music from a wide range of the symphonic and operatic repertoire. He's also very dedicated to conducting in unconventional settings that appeal to those unfamiliar or otherwise put off by classical music. He especially enjoys works by the major 20th century composers, such as Bartok, Mahler, Shostakovich and Stravinsky as well as lesser-known composers, including Phillip Sawyers, John Joubert and Kaija Saariaho. Michael has worked on premieres of Joubert's opera 'Jane Eyre', the UK premiere of Saariaho's Terra Memoria, Sawyers' Third Symphony and a host of works by young composers as part of a Young Composers Competition that he co-organised. Michael is also very much attracted by the Romantic and 20th century repertoires - from Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner and Wagner, whilst adoring the great baroque and classical repertoire from Bach and Purcell to Haydn and Mozart.
As a pianist, bassist and drummer, Michael has also enjoyed writing, arranging and performing with rock bands Kamyra, Silus and Myernark. Michael is a proud alumnus of Agnes Kory at the Bela Bartok Centre for Musicianship.
Photos: Lonny Spence
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Michael Young events
19 April 2018: Concert – St John's Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HA,uk
ENGLISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Kenneth Woods â€" Conductor Michael Young â€" Assistant Conductor Emma Johnson â€" Clarinet Ives Symphony no. 3 The Camp Meeting Copland â€" Clarinet Concerto Emma Johnson â€" clarinet Jesse Jones New work, jointly commissioned be ESO and SJSS Piston â€" Sinfonietta
21 April 2018: Concert – St Martin's Church, Hereford,uk
Herefordshire Youth Orchestra Michael Young â€" Conductor Programme to include: Bruch â€" Violin Concerto No. 1 Weber â€" Overture: Die Freischutz Beethoven â€" Overture: Leonora
4 May 2018: Concert – Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED, uk
ENGLISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Kenneth Woods Conductor Michael Young â€" Assistant Conductor Academy Theatre Arts Ballet Dancers Stravinskyâ€" The Soldier's Tale (staged with actors from Worcester Repertory Theatre) Coplandâ€" Appalachian Spring, (Ballet for Martha) original version for 13 Instruments (complete ballet with dancers from Academy Theatre Arts)
6 May 2018: Concert – Shirehall, Hereford
English Symphony Orchestra Herefordshire Youth Orchestra Academia Musica Choir Side by side Concert with ESO Michael Young â€" Conductor Kenneth Woods â€" Conductor (Leonora) Beethoven: Mass in C Weber: Overture â€" Die Freischutz Beethoven: Overture â€" Leonora No. 3*
9 May 2018: Concert – St George's Bristol, UK
ENGLISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Kenneth Woods â€" Conductor Sheku Kanneh-Mason â€" Cello Michael Young â€" Assistant Conductor Elgar (arr. Donald Fraser) Piano Quintet David Matthews Symphony No 9 (World Premiere) Elgar Cello Concerto
12 May 2018: Concert – Colorado Mahlerfest 2018
12-20 May Mahlerfest Orchestra Michael Young â€" Conducting Tutor / Coach Mahler â€" Das Lied von der Erde Sibelius â€" Symphony No. 7
21 June 2018: Concert – Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham GL50 1QA,UK
ENGLISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Kenneth Woods Conductor Maja Bogdanovich Cello Michael Young ï¿½ï¿½" Assistant Conductor Weber Oberon Overture Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No.1 Tchaikovsky Pezzo capriccioso Schuman Symphony no.1 "Spring"