In March 2011, Michael Seal was appointed Associate Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. The appointment recognised his work as Assistant Conductor, the first in the CBSO’s history, and the special relationship he has built with the Orchestra. His career has since gone from strength to strength, conducting orchestras in the UK and internationally.
Michael has conducted the CBSO in many prestigious concerts, appearing with them at the Aldeburgh and Malvern Festivals, London, Manchester and also conducting them on their inaugural tour to Abu Dhabi in 2014. He has given World and UK premieres of music by Richard Causton, Jonathan Girling and Bent Sorensen with the CBSO. Michael appears annually in the CBSO main season at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and has also stood in at very late notice for Sakari Oramo, Richard Hickox, Ilan Volkov, Vasilly Sinaisky and Andris Nelsons, including conducting the CBSO in concerts in Dortmund, Heidelberg and Baden-Baden with Rudolf Buchbinder and Jonas Kaufmann, to much critical acclaim.
MikeSeal_CBSO_IanDaviesPhotoMichael works regularly as guest conductor with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, in both recordings and concerts on BBC Radio 3. He is a frequent guest with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Ulster orchestras, and has also worked with BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Internationally, he has conducted the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Joensuu City Orchestra, Orquestra Academia del Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colon, Orquestra Filarmonica de Buenos Aires and both RTE Concert and National Symphony Orchestras.
Michael has special bond with the CBSO Youth Orchestra, conducting them on numerous occasions, and being involved with them since their foundation. He is also Artistic Advisor and Conductor for the CBSOYO Academy, a chamber orchestra formed in 2007, and conducted them in Birmingham and the Three Choirs Festival. His love of working with young players also regularly sees him conducting regularly at the Royal College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire.
In 2013, Michael conducted critically acclaimed performances of Puccini’s Il Trittico at the Birmingham Conservatoire. He has also assisted both Sakari Oramo and Andris Nelsons in opera performances of Peter Grimes, Carmen, Der Rosenkavalier, Lohengrin, Tristan & Isolde and The Flying Dutchman.
2015-16 sees him conduct 2 Subscription Concerts with the CBSO, as well as concerts in Malvern, Nottingham and Abu Dhabi. There will also be return visits to the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and Joensuu City Orchestra, as well as a debut with the BBC Concert Orchestra, live on BBC Radio 3.
Michael studied violin and composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire and has studied conducting with Jonathan Del Mar, Sakari Oramo, Andris Nelsons and Jorma Panula.
KSO performance history
10/03/2018 at St John's Smith Square
12/03/2016 at St John's Smith Square