Michael Seal is the Associate Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (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 early in his career) 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 tight, typically British rehearsal schedule.
Michael has worked with many of the UK’s finest orchestras, having frequently been invited as guest conductor by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, as well as the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra.
Internationally, he has conducted the Brussels Philharmonic, 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, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and both the RTÉ Concert and National Symphony Orchestras.
Michael has a special bond with the CBSO Youth Orchestra, which he has conducted on numerous occasions and has been involved with since its foundation. He is also Artistic Advisor and Conductor for the CBSOYO 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, and he has assisted Sakari Oramo and Andris Nelsons in opera performances of Peter Grimes, Carmen, Der Rosenkavalier, Lohengrin, Tristan und Isolde and The Flying Dutchman.
The 2019 – 20 season sees debuts with the Malaysian Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Chile and WDR Funkhausorchester. Michael also makes return visits to RLPO, LPO, RSNO, Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires, Trondheim Symphony and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras. He will also play an integral role in celebrating the 100th birthday of the CBSO next season, appearing seven times throughout the season.