In March 2011, Michael Seal was appointed Associate Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. The appointment recognised his work as Assistant Conductor, the first in the CBSO's history, and the special relationship he has built with the Orchestra. His career has since gone from strength to strength, conducting orchestras in the UK and internationally.
Michael has conducted the CBSO in many prestigious concerts, appearing with them at the Aldeburgh and Malvern Festivals, as well as venues in London, Manchester and the Midlands. He has given World and UK premieres of music by Richard Causton, Jonathan Girling and Bent Sorensen with the CBSO. Michael appears annually in the CBSO main season at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and has also stood in at very late notice for Sakari Oramo, Richard Hickox, Ilan Volkov and Vasilly Sinaisky. He dramatically stood in for Andris Nelsons for the last 3 concerts of the CBSO Tour of Europe in 2012, conducting concerts in Dortmund, Heidelberg and Baden-Baden with Rudolf Buchbinder and Jonas Kaufmann, to much critical acclaim.
In the UK, Michael has appeared as guest conductor for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, most recently in a concert celebrating Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' 80th birthday. He has also worked with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic and Ulster Orchestra. Internationally, he has conducted the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Academia del Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colon, Orquestra Filarmonica de Buenos Aires and both RTE Concert and National Symphony Orchestras.
Michael has special bond with the CBSO Youth Orchestra, conducting them on numerous occasions, and being involved with them since their foundation. He is also Artistic Advisor and Conductor for the CBSOYO Academy, a chamber orchestra formed in 2007, and conducted them in Birmingham and the Three Choirs Festival.
In 2013, Michael conducted critically acclaimed performances of Puccini's Il Trittico at the Birmingham Conservatoire. He has also assisted both Sakari Oramo and Andris Nelsons in opera performances of Peter Grimes, Carmen, Der Rosenkavalier, Lohengrin, Tristan & Isolde and The Flying Dutchman.
His future work with the CBSO include two Subscription concerts featuring the music of Panufnik in September 2014 and Korngold's Symphony January 2015, as well as Film, Schools and Family concerts. Michael will also be returning again to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and BBC Symphony, as well as making his debut with the BBC Philharmonic.
Michael studied violin and composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire and has studied conducting with Jonathan Del Mar, Sakari Oramo, Andris Nelsons and Jorma Panula.