Michael Collins


Michael Collins

Michael Collins' has become one of the leading clarinetists of his generation.  He started his career as the first winner of the woodwind prize in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition when he was 16 years old.

Life and Music

  • By the time he had turned 22 Michael had made his Carnegie Hall debut in New York.
  • He has since performed as a soloist with some of the world’s major orchestras, including the Philadelphia, NHK Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, City of Birmingham Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, BBC Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • Michael has formed close ties with some of the world's leading conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Carlo Maria Giulini, Neeme Järvi, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin and Mikhail Pletnev and, in recent years, has also become well known as a conductor himself, notably in the role of Principal Conductor of the City of London Sinfonia. 
  • He often appears as a guest conductor with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London Mozart Players, and Scottish Chamber Orchestra and recently won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award, in recognition of the pivotal role that he has played in expanding the clarinet repertoire.

Did you know?
In great demand as a chamber musician, Collins regularly performs in recital with his ensemble, London Winds. London Winds continues to enjoy a busy diary with recent engagements at all the major UK music festivals including the Aldeburgh Festival, Edinburgh Festival, City of London Festival, Cheltenham International Festival and Bath Mozartfest.

Poulenc Clarinet Sonata