The award-winning cellistMichael 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 Gardnerand Rory MacDonald. In 2013 he performed Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertanteat the Barbican conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.
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.
Last season, he returned to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for further performances of the Rococo Variationsunder the baton of Jamie Phillips, as well as the Elgar concerto with Brian Wright. He performed 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. This season Michael will appear at the Leicester Festival.
Spring 2019 also saw the recording of his first solo CD which will include Poulenc’s Sonata for Cello and Piano op. 143, Dutilleux’s Trois Strophesand César Franck’s Sonata in A, with pianist Erdem Misirlioglu. …