NEXT Musician 2018-19

Michael Coleby graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in music. Formerly a cellist in the National Youth Orchestra Of Great Britain, Michael's passion for conducting flourished during his final year at Bristol University when he conducted the University Opera Society in a production of Mozart’s Magic Flute, under the guidance of Sir Roger Norrington. Michael has taken part in masterclasses with Martyn Brabbins, Sir Roger Norrington, Atso Almila and Sian Edwards.

In 2014 Michael set up an orchestra the Janus Ensemble recent concerts include Berlioz’s l’enfance du Chirstalongside the Pimlott Foundation and recording music for a new BBC television documentary. In 2017 Michael made his professional debut conducting the Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester- Berlin alongside music director Robin Ticciati at the Berlin Atonal Festival. Michael has since been invited back to the DSO to conduct the academy orchestra.  As an assistant Michael has worked with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Orquestra Castile y Leon including concerts at Snape Maltings, Valladolid and Madrid. Michael is generously supported by Help Musicians UK.

Why are you looking forward to taking part in NEXT?

I am excited to begin a new musical chapter at the BCMG. As a conductor it is a unique opportunity to learn directly from professional musicians who understand the challenges of performing contemporary music. Whilst my main objective is to develop and mature as a musician, I am looking forward to working with different composers throughout the year - hopefully with an opportunity to rehearse and perform their music.

My ambition is to use the direction and opportunities provided on the NEXT program to move forward with my career and inspire new audiences through contemporary music.