British conductor Michael Seal holds the position of Associate Conductor of the CBSO, a unique appointment which recognises his work as Assistant Conductor, and the special relationship he has built with the orchestra.
His in-depth knowledge of orchestras from an insider’s position (he was a violinist with the CBSO for several years) gives him a unique perspective and he quickly builds rapport and trust with the orchestras he works with. His energy and enthusiasm are infectious and he has built a reputation for outstanding results, delivered with great charm and often on a typically British tight rehearsal schedule.
Michael is fast being recognised as one of the pre-eminent interpreters of British music, with a passion for the music of Bax, York Bowen, Bantock and Vaughan Williams to name but a few.
Michael has worked with many of the UK’s finest orchestras, frequently being invited as guest conductor with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Ulster orchestras, as well as the 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, Orquesta Académica del Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón, Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires and both RTÉ Concert and National Symphony Orchestras.
Michael has a special bond with the CBSO Youth Orchestra, conducting it on numerous occasions, and being involved with it since its foundation. He is also Artistic Advisor and Conductor for the CBSO Youth Orchestra Academy, a chamber orchestra formed in 2007.
His love of opera led to critically acclaimed performances of Puccini’s Il Trittico at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He has also assisted both Sakari Oramo and Andris Nelsons in opera performances of Peter Grimes, Carmen, Der Rosenkavalier, Lohengrin, Tristan and Isolde and The Flying Dutchman.
2017-18 engagements include several appearances with the CBSO, plus return visits to the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, and Bournemouth Symphony.n.