The award-winning cellist Michael Petrov has impressed audiences and critics with his “captivating musical temperament and a direct eloquence, as if speaking through his instrument” (Die Welt).
An ECHO Rising Star in the 2015/16 season, Michael has performed at major concert halls including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique Paris, Musikverein Vienna, Budapest Palace of Arts, Kölner Philharmonie and the Laeiszhalle Hamburg. Further afield he has given recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and Los Angeles Cello Festival, and toured throughout China.
As a soloist Michael has appeared with the Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony and CBSO Youth Orchestras, as well as the Munich Chamber and English Chamber Orchestras, and has worked with conductors such as Edward Gardner and Rory MacDonald. In 2013 he performed Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante at the Barbican conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.
Most recent orchestral highlights have included Tchaikovsky’sRococo Variationswith the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Barber Concerto with the New Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Haydn’s Concerto in D with Sinfonia Cymru.
This season, he returns to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for further performances of the Rococo Variations under the baton of Jamie Phillips, as well as the Elgar concerto with Brian Wright. He performs Brahms’s Double Concerto at the Festival de Música de Popayán, Colombia, with violinist Ben Baker, and Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with Scarborough Symphony.
Spring 2019 will also see the recording of his first solo CD which will include Poulenc’s Sonata for Cello and Piano op. 143, Dutilleux’s Trois Strophes and César Franck’s Sonata in A, with pianist Erdem Misirlioglu. …