Michael Francis

Music Director, The Florida Orchestra
Music Director, Mainly Mozart Festival, San Diego, CA

“Michael Francis brings a dynamic drive to a programme combining Ravel with Janáček and Martinů” “...the picture of Janáček as a force of nature emerged just as strongly as that of Bulba.” “From the blood and guts of the Janáček to the bold, gutsy writing of Martinů’s Sixth Symphony, Francis brought a dynamic drive to the proceedings, recognising both the influence of the older composer and the difference of emotional tone implicit in Martinů’s subtitle, Fantaisies Symphoniques.”
The Guardian, BBC National Orchestra of Wales

“As Dvorak wrestles with various tensions in his Symphony No 7 – between classical and romantic, anger and warmth – Francis combines his clarity and efficiency with an expressive drive that produces a stirring account of what many consider the composer’s best symphony.”
Irish Times, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Program: My Classic Americana:"At times [Francis] got us clapping along in such good spirits, we might as well be at the Albert Hall Proms. The young Englishman.. is a great hit with our audience, bringing just the right touch of knowing wit, uncomplicated musicality, good spirits and schoolboy snark to the proceedings." "[He is] the sort of conductor whose gestures a listener can read intuitively. His body makes a movement - and something audible happens. [He] moves with the music in an unbuttoned way, at high energy, as a good dancer would. ..it is abundantly clear that Francis "gets it - and us."
Berkshire Review, San Francisco Symphony


Conductor Michael Francis has quickly established himself internationally.

This season will include appearances with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis.

Other guest and return appearances in North America have included Cleveland Orchestra, New York, Cincinnati, Houston, Atlanta and Pittsburgh, as well as the symphonies of Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. His . . .

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