Michael Francis

Michael Francis

Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Music Director, Mainly Mozart Festival, San Diego, CA
Music Director Designate, The Florida Orchestra


“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


Michael Francis has quickly established himself as an international conductor creating ongoing relationships with the world’s leading orchestras. He came to prominence as a conductor in January 2007 when he replaced an indisposed Valery Gergiev for concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra during the BBC Gubaidulina festival at the Barbican Centre. Only one month later, Francis was asked, this time with only two hours’ notice, to replace the composer/conductor John Adams in a performance of his own works with the LSO at the Philharmonie Luxembourg and soon after in January 2009, he replaced André . . .

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