Michael Poll: Guitar

Polyphony Arts represents guitarist and conductor Michael Poll. For performance enquiries, please contact caroline@polyphonyarts.com

Michael Poll

www.michaelpollguitar.com

Classical guitarist and conductor Michael Poll studied at the University of Pennsylvania, before pursuing postgraduate studies at the Poznan Academy of Music, Poland, and a doctorate at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He is a previous Marshall Scholar (2012-15) and Fulbright Scholar (2010-11). Michael’s debut guitar album ‘7-String Bach’, featuring his own transcriptions of Bach’s lute suites, was acclaimed as ‘masterful’ (Gramophone), and praised for his ‘warm, rich, and full tone’ (WholeNote). Since its release in 2018, the album has been streamed over 1 million times and has been featured on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, and Scala Radio.

Michael’s numerous concert appearances include solo recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James Piccadilly, the Barbican Centre, the University of Cambridge, San Francisco Conservatory and Stanford University. He has performed for the Queen and the Lord Mayor of London, and has appeared at JAM on the Marsh, Wilderness Festival, Bloomsbury Festival, Aspen Festival and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. At Wigmore Hall, he premiered works by Theodore Morrison and Joel Rust under the venue’s ‘Voiceworks’ project. Michael is also a composer of guitar music, with his Three Preludes being premiered at the Dresden String Spring Festival. 

Michael was also Music Director of the Goodensemble in London from 2014-18. Performances with this ensemble included a gala in honour of the Queen, a cycle of Beethoven piano concertos, new works by David Conte, Joseph Stillwell, David Grahame Taylor, Igor Maia, and Raymond Yiu, and a complete St John Passion. He also conducted Bloomsbury Opera’s 2018 Le Nozze di Figaro and 2019 Cosi Fan Tutte. In 2019 he was an assistant conductor for the critically acclaimed Salome at the Salzburg Festival, where he conducted studio rehearsals. 

Recent and upcoming highlights include a UK tour of his 7 String Bach album, solo performances at the US Supreme Court,  and online for TriCounty Concerts, and performances with flautist Emi Ferguson at the Cosmopolitan Club New York City, the Stone Church Cultural Centre in Massachusetts, and at Cornell University. Michael was recently announced as a Klarman Fellow at Cornell University from 2022, working alongside composer Elizabeth Ogonek to explore how instruments impact the experience of music and its creation.

Projects

2021-22 Polyphony Arts is pleased to offer a number of programmes with Michael Poll for solo guitar, as well as duo programmes for guitar and flute, including:

  • 7-String Bach: Lute suites by J.S. Bach, arranged for guitar by Michael Poll
  • Contemporary America: Music by living American composers
  • 500 Years of the Guitar: An exploration of guitar music from Josquin to Ogonek
  • English Music: Exploring the lute and guitar tradition in England, from Dowland to Britten.
  • The Art of the Duo: A programme for guitar and flute including music by J.S. Bach, Toru Takemitsu and Manuel de Falle.

We are also continuously seeking orchestras to work with Michael, as a conductor or as a concerto soloist. For more information, repertoire, or sample programmes, please get in touch with us.

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Contact

For performance enquiries or further information about Michael’s work, please contact Caroline Slade, Head of Artist Management.