Michael Foyle

Michael Foyle won The Netherlands Violin Competition 2016, giving an acclaimed performance of Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No.1 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. This led to an immediate invitation to give his debut performance at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. In 2015-16, he gives recitals in Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Buckingham Palace, Estonia Concert Hall and New York Chamber Music Festival, all with duo pianist Maksim Stsura. In 2015, the duo won the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Competition and the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition, in addition to performing widely as City Music Foundation, Park Lane Group and Kirckman Concert Society artists.

Born in Ayrshire in 1991, Michael gave his concerto debut in Edinburgh Festival Theatre aged eight. He went on to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year Tabor Award 2008 and the Royal Overseas League String Competition 2013. He was also Leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, performing at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall and as their representative soloist in Houses of Parliament. Alongside concerto performances across the UK, he also recently made his Russian debut, playing the Brahms Concerto in Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and International House of Music. In Autumn 2016, he becomes a Making Music Young Concert Artist.

Upon graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2015, he was awarded the Regency Award for Excellence and the Roth Prize for the highest violin mark of the year. His studies with Maureen Smith and Daniel Rowland were complemented by participation in masterclasses given by Olivier Charlier, James Ehnes and Maxim Vengerov. He is currently completing his studies with Pavel Vernikov at the Vienna Konservatorium.


‘From his beautifully shaped opening phrase, it was immediately clear we could expect something special and so it proved.’

Wells Journal – Bruch Concerto

‘Of this performance, there was nothing to say except “Bravo!” The long and rapturous applause was richly deserved.’

Eastbourne Herald – Tchaikovsky Concerto

‘The playing of the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Ensemble is pleasingly flexible throughout … with Michael Foyle’s sinuous, snaking violin solos worth special mention.’

Gramophone Magazine