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From his beautifully shaped opening phrase it was immediately clear that we could expect something special and so it proved. The technical difficulties were overcome with confidence and there was great warmth of tone where needed. In particular, the lovely Adagio was played with great feeling and generosity of tone. The finale was brought off with appropriate panache ... The performance was enthusiastically received.’ (Wells Journal, Bruch Violin Concerto in G minor with Amadeus Orchestra, July 2012)

Michael Foyle, aged 22 from Ayrshire, has recently graduated with first class honours from the Royal College of Music in London where, as a Joint Principal scholar, he studied violin with Daniel Rowland and piano with Julian Jacobson. During his studies he was awarded the Knights of the Round Table Award and the Esther Fisher Prize and was selected as an RCM Rising Star. Additionally, he completed an Erasmus exchange at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (Vienna) with Michael Frischenschlager.

Michael won 1st prize in the Royal Overseas League String Competition 2013. He also recently won the Croydon Concerto Competition and the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist of the Year. In 2008, he won the Tabor Award for Promising Talent at the final of BBC Young Musician of the Year. He was the 2008-09 Leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great
Britain, working with Marin Alsop, Semyon Bychkov, Paul Daniel and Vasily Petrenko in the major UK concert halls (including a televised BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall). In 2011, he was appointed Leader of Amadeus Orchestra and he has also led RCM Philharmonic and Opera Orchestras, London Mahler Orchestra, Charities Philharmonia, Les Voix Nouvelles and Camerata Scotland.

In recital, recent and future appearances include Edinburgh Festival, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Houses of Parliament, Regent Hall, Victoria and Albert Museum and Charlton House.  As a chamber musician, he has additionally performed in Queen Elizabeth Hall, Steinway Hall, Turner Gallery and Tate Modern. As a solo pianist, Michael continues to perform across the UK and has given recitals for Leeds International Concert Series, the International Federation of Festivals Showcase and ‘Schumann 200’ Festival at King’s Place. Performances abroad include in the Russiches Kulturinstitut and the Ehrbar-Saal in Vienna.

Michael will continue his studies with a Masters degree in violin with Maureen Smith at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Vienna Konservatorium where he was recently accepted into the class of Pavel Vernikov. For the coming academic year, he has received the MBF Manoug Parikian Award, the Philharmonia/Martin Music Emanuel Hurwitz Award and awards from the Countess of Munster Trust, the St. James Caird Travelling Scholarship and the Cross Trust. 2013-14 will also include performances of the violin concerti of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. 




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