Michael lives and works in London and recently completed doctoral study in composition under the supervision of Mark Bowden and Helen Grime at Royal Holloway, University of London, having previously studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Last year he participated in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik scheme, writing the short orchestral work Fire Whirls. He also recently worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Magnus Lindberg on their Young Composers Scheme, writing Prometheus Bound for their principal trombonist, Mark Templeton.
Earlier in his career he worked as a freelance music director in the theatre, including several productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company. His work is often inspired by natural forms or shapes, allowing the aesthetic direction and structure of a piece to be determined by a naturally occurring phenomenon or man-made structure. His output so far includes solo, chamber, orchestral and electro-acoustic works.