Michael Poll

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Guitar

Location: London

Website: www.michaelpoll.co.uk

Classical guitarist and conductor Michael Poll has performed across North America, South America, and Europe, most notably at the Barbican and Wigmore Halls in London, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, the National Theatre of Panama, and at the chapel of Val de Grace in Paris. Active both as a performer and a conductor, Poll has performed recently for the Wilderness Festival with violinist Yijia Zhang, the Bloomsbury Festival as both guitarist and conductor, the JAM on Marsh Festival with oboist Michal Rogalski, and is musical director of the Goodensemble Orchestra, in which capacity he has met and performed in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. Poll’s collaborators have included members of the major London Orchestras and soloists from the Monteverdi Choir including Peter Devoran and Jake Muffett, as well as violinists Joanna Park and Matthew Trusler, and pianists Jason Bae, John Fisher, David Malusa, and David Soo, 

Michael has had works written for him by Chicago Symphony Orchestra Composer in Residence Elizabeth Ogonek and is collaborating with Joseph Stillwell, Igor Maia, and David Conte on new works for the instrument. Poll’s own Three Preludes for solo guitar were premiered in 2012 as a part of the Dresden String Spring festival.

He has performed live on the radio in Poland and Panama, and has had music broadcast by the BBC World Service. His debut album of Bach Suites for 7-string guitar will be released in April.