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Michael Francis

Conductor

Michael Francis

Biography

Michael Francis has quickly established himself internationally, conducting in Asia, North America, and Europe.

This season, Francis returns to the BBC Philharmonic, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, and Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and makes his debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony and Gurzenich Orchestra, Cologne. Within the US, he returns to the Houston, Indianapolis and New World symphonies, and debuts at the Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Festival. 

Other guest appearances have included the New York and Royal Philharmonic, with recent return engagements with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, RTÉ National Symphony of Dublin, Ulster Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Cincinnati, Ottawa, Oregon, and Pittsburgh.  His European engagements have also included the London Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE Madrid, Helsinki Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, and Stuttgart Radio Symphony.  Last season in Asia, Maestro Francis debuted with the NHK Symphony, and regularly appears with the Malaysian and Seoul philharmonics.

Francis’ discography includes the Rachmaninov piano concertos with Valentina Lisitsa and the London Symphony Orchestra, Wolfgang Rihm’s Lichtes Spiel with Anne-Sophie Mutter and the New York Philharmonic and the Ravel and Gershwin piano concertos with Ian Parker.

Michael is also Music Director of the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, and this season enters his fourth season as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor to Sweden’s Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.


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