Michael Collins


Weber: Grand Duo Concertante, J204
Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in E flat, Op. 120 No. 2
Saint-Saëns: Clarinet Sonata, Op. 167
Lutosławski: Dance Preludes
Poulenc: Clarinet Sonata, FP184

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Michael Collins’ dazzling virtuosity and sensitive musicianship have made him one of today’s most sought-after soloists. At 16 he won the woodwind prize in the first BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and at 22 made his American début at Carnegie Hall, New York.

Since then he has performed as a soloist with many 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. Since his first performance at the BBC Proms, Collins has returned to the festival more often than any other wind soloist, including several appearances at the renowned Last Night of the Proms.

As a chamber musician, he has a long standing relationship with Wigmore Hall and this season sees him enjoy a further residency there.

Indisputably one of the leading clarinettists of his generation, Collins has formed close alliances with conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Carlo Maria Giulini, Neeme Järvi, Tadaaki Otaka, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Leonard Slatkin and Mikhail Pletnev.

David Quigley

Irish pianist David Quigley studied at Birmingham Conservatoire, Paris Conservatoire and the Liszt Academy, Budapest. Winner of many major competitons, he combines an international performing career with teaching and is also founder and Director of the Birmingham International Piano Academy (BIPA), an annual summer school and festival held at the Conservatoire.

David has performed as recitalist and concerto soloist worldwide in many major concert halls including Carnegie Hall (New York), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Symphony Hall (Birmingham) and the Musikverein (Vienna). David has collaborated with many distinguished conductors such as Barry Wordsworth, David Porcelijn, Barry Douglas and Takuo Yuasa. He has made several broadcasts for radio and television (BBC, RTE and Dutch Radio) and is a recording artist for the Lorelt label.