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 launched his career by winning The Netherlands Violin Competition 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.

Later that season, Michael gave his Wigmore Hall debut (‘superlative’ – Seen and Heard International) and since then he has appeared 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.

The 2017-18 season saw concerto debuts with the English Chamber Orchestra in Cadogan Hall (Prokofiev No.1), Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdansk (Korngold) and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory (Brahms), as well as a return to the Rotterdam Philharmonic for two sold-out performances of Korngold’s Concerto. In recital he has recently appeared in St. Magnus International Festival, New York Chamber Music Festival, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Cervantino Festival (Mexico) and Evgeny Mravinsky Festival (Tallinn / St. Petersburg).

In the 2018-19 season, Michael released his debut CDs with duo pianist Maksim Stsura, The Great War Centenary: Janacek, Debussy and Respighi Sonatas on Challenge Records and Lutoslawski and Penderecki: Complete Violin and Piano Works on Delphian Records, both to critical acclaim (‘Foyle’s playing is remarkable’ – BBC Music Magazine, ‘richly detailed and impassioned performances’ – The Daily Telegraph, ‘a dream debut, 10/10’ – Luister, ’an extraordinary release, played phenomenally’ – Stretto). Future recording plans include the complete Beethoven Sonatas for the composer’s 250th anniversary in 2020.

Alongside his performance work, Michael recently became Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the youngest violinist appointed in the institution’s 200-year history. He has also performed as Guest-Concertmaster with BBC Symphony Orchestra and The Halle, working with conductors including Semyon Bychkov, Mark Elder, Oliver Knussen, Sakari Oramo and Vasily Petrenko. A passionate advocate of contemporary music, he has given premieres of solo and chamber works by over thirty living composers.

Michael was born in Scotland in 1991 and, as a teenager, won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Tabor Award and led the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Afterwards, he studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the University of Music and Arts in Vienna with Maureen Smith, Daniel Rowland and Pavel Vernikov, alongside regular masterclasses with 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 he was selected as an artist for City Music Foundation, Kirckman Concert Society, Making Music and Park Lane Group.