Award winning composer and Pianist Michael Csányi-Wills has written works ranging from Chamber music to Choral and Orchestral works to film scores and has been composer in residence with the Welsh Sinfonia since September 2013. His recent orchestral works have been widely performed throughout the UK and commissions have taken him around Europe, Australia and the USA. His previous collaboration with the Welsh Sinfonia was a setting of Lewis Carroll’s “Phantasmagoria” for Narrator and orchestra, which received its premiere in January 2016. Michael’s most recent commission though is a Violin concerto entitled “Revisions of the Earth” for violinist Tatiana Berman and was performed by her, with the Constella Arts Festival Orchestra in Cincinnati and conducted by Jose Luis Gomez in April 2016.
Michael’s Orchestral Songs recorded for Toccata Classics and performed by Ilona Domnich, Nicky Spence, Jacques Imbrailo and The Londamis Ensemble conducted by Mark Eager were released in December 2015 to critical acclaim, and was ‘recording of the month’ at Music Web International.
Michael has also written scores for a range of films including documentaries such as “The King of Nerac” and “Maestro” a feature documentary feature about conductor Paavo Järvi and feature dramas such “The Trouble with Dot and Harry” “Be my Baby” and documentary “Chasing Flavour” written and directed by Sundance Film Festival prize winner Gary Walkow. He also won BEST SCORE at the Movie Maverick Awards, for his score to the short film “A Love story in Milk”. His latest film score was a collaboration with writer Judy Morris (Happy Feet) and will be released later in the year.
As a pianist, Michael still performs and records regularly and is currently recording the complete Weinberg Violin Sonatas with Russian Violinist Yuri Kalnits the first 2 volumes of which were released by Toccata Classics to critical acclaim. Both CDs won a “Diapason d”Or” in the French Magazine “Diapason” for May 2011 and September 2014. The third Album is due in 2016.
Michael was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in January 2012 and was appointed Head of Composition at the World Heart Beat Music Academy, London in January 2013