Michael has played french horn in various orchestras since 1999. He has played professionally with the Ulster Orchestra and freelanced in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Spain.
Gained a place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) with a Scholarship to study a Masters in Performance, he took part in many ensembles throughout his time at the Conservatoire and played regularly with the symphony orchestra. He was successful in the 2011 apprenticeship scheme with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and attended and took part in a number of rehearsals with the orchestra under the baton of Neeme Järvi. The same year he was also successful in the Scottish Opera apprenticeship scheme and performed Prokofiev’s ‘Betrothal in a Monastery’ with Scottish Opera. Michael has also played with a number of chamber groups including Sirocco Winds, Stevenson Winds and Antares Wind Quintet among others.
Michael lead the Ulster Youth Orchestra horn section for 3 years and the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra (CBYO) section for 4. With this orchestra, as a soloist, he performed Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 and played principal 1st horn for Schumann’s Konzertstuck for four horns. He has toured in England, Spain, Slovenia, Italy and France and performed twice in the Royal Albert Hall.
Michael has won the Charles Gault Trophy for Brass from the CBSM in the year 2009/2010 and also gained a place at the Clandeboye Music Festival in Northern Ireland and played in the student’s recital in the summer of 2011. He has also taken part in many masterclasses with renowned horn players such as Fergus McWilliams, Michael Thompson, Richard Watkins, David Pyatt and also, brass teacher, Kristian Steenstrup.
During his time at Queen’s, Michael ran a small recording studio from his house recording local bands, chamber groups and larger ensembles. Michael graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2010 from a Music Technology Degree with First Class Honours. He is also interested in instrument augmentation and has designed live performance systems for live improvisation on acoustic instruments.