British conductor Michael Francis has catapulted far beyond his impressive last minute ‘step-in’ engagements with the London Symphony where he replaced Valery Gergiev and later John Adams in 2007. He continues to make an impact on the world stage receiving countless accolades resulting in invitations to direct some of the finest orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Houston, Seattle, and Oregon symphonies as well as with Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Münchner Symphoniker.
In 2012, he was named chief conductor and artistic advisor to Sweden’s Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, following in the footsteps of Herbert Blomstedt and Franz Welser-Möst, each of whom were chief conductor with the orchestra in the early stages of their careers.
Recent and upcoming debuts include those with the Boston, Washington, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Bournemouth, Toronto, Milwaukee, New World, Ottawa, and Quebec symphonies, as well as the Dresden, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Japan Philharmonics; and return visits to Stuttgart, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Oregon, Seattle, and BBC Wales.
His musical collaboration with Anne-Sophie Mutter began in January 2009 when he made “step-in” performances for André Previn in four German cities conducting Mozart and Gubaidulina concerti plus major works of Hindemith. He has appeared with Mutter on European tours and in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.
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