Michael Coleby

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2018

Genre: Contemporary Classical

Instrument/voice type: Conductor

Location: London

Michael Coleby graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in music. Formerly a cellist in the National Youth Orchestra Of Great Britain, Michael's passion for conducting flourished during his final year at Bristol University when he conducted the University Opera in a production of Mozart’s Magic Flute, under the guidance of Sir Roger Norrington. Michael has taken part in masterclasses with Martyn Brabbins, Sir Roger Norrington, Atso Almila and Sian Edwards.

In 2014 Michael set up an orchestra the Janus Ensemble, concerts include Berlioz’s l’enfance du Chirst alongside the Pimlott Foundation and recording music for a new BBC television documentary. In 2017 Michael made his professional debut conducting the Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester- Berlin alongside music director Robin Ticciati at the Berlin Atonal Festival. Michael has since been invited back to the DSO to conduct the academy orchestra.  As an assistant Michael has worked with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Orquestra Castile y Leon including concerts at Snape Maltings, Valladolid and Madrid. In 2018-19 Michael will take up a new position as conductor with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group on their new young artist program NEXT.