Michael karcher-Young

 “Vibrant Young Conductor”
 BBC Music Magazine 

“Renewed my love of classical music.
David Nathan, SoulMusic.com

“The first symphony of Brahms was given with an intensity and insight which was second to none…

This was magnificent.” 
Bob Briggs, Musical Opinion

“Michael has an absolutely fascinating property:
he can, by his conducting, convince other people to love the music he is dealing with as much as he does.”
Antony Hermus,
Principal Guest Conductor, Opera North

 


 Michael
 KARCHER-Young 

 Conductor 

Artistic Director: Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity
Music Director: Herefordshire Youth Orchestra

Assistant Conductor: English Symphony Orchestra

 

Artistic Director:
Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity

Music Director:
Herefordshire Youth Orchestra

Assistant Conductor:
English Symphony Orchestra

BIO

“”Michael has an absolutely fascinating property: he can, by his conducting, convince other people to love the music he is dealing with as much as he does.”

Antony Hermus
Principal Guest Conductor, Opera North

Winner of the Audience Prize at the Leeds Conductors’ Competition for his “electric conducting”, Michael Karcher-Young combines an innate musicianship with a visceral presence on the podium, and is a passionate advocate for classical music in today’s world.

Michael is Artistic Director and co-founder of the Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity, which was formed in 2016 to realise a new vision of the classical concert in modern society. The inaugural crowdfunded performance was a sellout and universally acclaimed. He is also Music Director of the Herefordshire Youth Orchestra, and was appointed Assistant Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra following crucial work on the preparation of their world premiere performance and recording of John Joubert’s magnum opus opera Jane Eyre in Birmingham in 2017. At the ESO, Michael enjoys a close relationship with key British contemporary composers whose work the orchestra extensively performs and records to great acclaim. 

Karcher-Young previously served as Music Director of both London Youth Opera and Little Operations; founding Conductor of the Vanbrugh Ensemble and the Charities Philharmonia; and Principal Conductor of the Dorking Chamber Orchestra. He has also worked with the London Philharmonic, English National Opera and Grange Park Opera.

Michael began conducting whilst an undergraduate at the University of Leeds where he was awarded the Lord Snowden Prize for raising the profile of classical music at the university. Here he formed the Leeds University Union Symphony Chorus and established a series of charity concerts in aid of Cancer Research UK at Leeds Town Hall that continue to this day. Whilst studying postgraduate conducting, piano and harpsichord at the Royal College of Music, Kurt Masur awarded Michael the London Philharmonic Orchestra Conducting Fellowship and following this he became the Sir Charles Mackerras Fellow at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London. Michael is a proud alumnus of Agnes Kory at the Bela Bartok Centre for Musicianship.

Recent and upcoming highlights include a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony with the National Orchestra Moldova, concerts with the English Symphony Orchestra (including Beethoven 5 in April 2019) and exciting new projects with the Beethoven Orchestra of Humanity.

“Michael is always interested in getting the emotional and spiritual essence of the work to transpire in performance.”

Vladimir Jurowski
Principal Conductor, London Philharmonic Orchestra

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“The performance was crowned by a performance of The Rite of Spring that was absolutely outstanding… The rare qualities which made this performance stand out were that this was a real interpretation with the inherently wild rustic element of uncultured folk-based material given with a genuine sense of style throughout. This made the work cohere at every level, the result of a single-minded direction by Michael Karcher-Young that was very impressive.

Robert Matthew-Walker

Musical Opinion

“”

“Phenomenal performance! One of the best evenings I’ve had in ages. I LOVED being a ‘part’ of the show…
It was very moving, very inspiring.
Renewed my love of classical music.

David Nathan

SoulMusic.com

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Repertoire

Michael's ORCHESTRAL Repertoire List

Orchestral

Adams
Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Albinoni / Giazotto
Adagio

Andriessen
De Staat

Aratunian
Trumpet Concerto

Malcolm Arnold
Clarinet Concerto No. 2

J.S. Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor
Oboe & Violin Concerto in D Minor
Overture/Suite BWV 1067 in B Minor
Double Violin Concerto BWV 1042 in D Minor

Barber
Adagio for Strings

Bartók
Concerto for Orchestra
Divertimento for Strings
Miraculous Mandarin Ballet
Piano Concerto No. 3
Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin & Orchestra
Rhapsody No. 2 for Violin & Orchestra
Violin Concerto No. 2

Beethoven
Grosse Fugue
Overture: Fidelio
Overture: Coriolanus
Overture: Egmont
Overture: Leonora
Piano Concerto No.1
Piano Concerto No.4
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 3
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 6
Symphony No. 7
Symphony No. 8
Symphony No. 9

Berlioz
Symphonie Fantastique

Bernstein
Candide Overture
Make our Garden Grow from Candide

Bizet
Carmen
L’arlesienne Suites

Bloch
From Jewish Life: Jewish Song, Prayer, Supplication

Borodin
Polovtsian Dances
Symphony No. 2

Brahms
German Requiem
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 3
Symphony No. 4
Tragic Overture
Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn
Violin Concerto
Piano Concerto No. 1
Concerto for Violin and Cello

Britten
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Night Mail
Simple Symphony
Sinfonietta Op. 1
Les Illuminations
Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra
War Requiem

Briccialdi
Carnival in Venice Flute & Orchestra

Bruch
Violin Concerto No. 1

Bruckner
Symphony No. 4

Chabrier
Marche Joyeuse

Chopin
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor

Copland
Appalachian Spring Suite for 13 Instruments
Fanfare for the Common Man

De Falla
El Amor Brujo
Siete Canciones Populares Españolas

Debussy
Prelude á l’apres midi d’un faun
La Mer
Nocturnes

Delius
Deux Aquarelles

Donizetti
L’elisir d’amore

Dukas
L’Apprenti Sorcier

Dvořák
Carnival Overture
Romance for Violin & Orchestra
Song to the Moon
Slavonic Dances Op. 72 
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 7
Symphony No. 8
Symphony No. 9
Wind Serenade

Economou
Folie á deux

Elgar
Cello Concerto
Enigma Variations
Salut d’amour
Symphony No. 2

Faure
Requiem

Fokkens, Rob
An eventful morning in East London

Gal, Hans
Concertino for Cello and Strings

Gorecki
Symphony of Sorrowful Songs / II

Grieg
Holberg Suite
Piano Concerto in A minor
Peer Gynt Suites

Handel
Concerto Grosso, Op.6, No. 6
Concerto Grosso, Op.3, No. 1

Haydn
Symphony No. 45
Symphony No. 88
Symphony No. 90
Symphony No. 100
Symphony No. 101
Symphony No. 103
Symphony No. 104

Holst
The Planets

Humperdinck
Overture: Hansel & Gretel

Ibert
Capriccio
Concertino di Camera
Divertissement

Ives
Washington‘s Birthday

Jacobs, Gordon
Concertino for Clarinet & Strings from Tartini

Janacek
Idyla
Sinfonietta

Kabalevsky
Colas Breugnon: Overture

Kurtag
Messages for Orchestra
New Messages for Orchestra

Liszt
Piano Concerto No. 1
Totentanz

Lyadov
Eight Russian Folk Songs

Mahler
Das Lied von der Erde
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 7
Symphony No. 10 (Cook IV version)
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Mascagni
Cavalleria Rusticana

Mason, Christian
Aspects of Radiance

Matthews, David
Romanza for Violin and Strings

Mendelssohn
Overture: Hebrides
Overture: Midsummer Night’s Dream
Overture: Die Schöne Melusine
String Symphony No. 10
Symphony No. 4 ‚Italian‘

Mosca, Luca
Lieder Ohne Worter

Mozart
Arias: Ruhe Sanft, Ah lo Previdi 
Der Schauspieldirektor: Overture
Don Giovanni: Overture
Overture: Le Nozzi di Figaro
Mass in C
Oboe Concerto No. 1
Piano Concerto No. 20
Piano Concerto No. 21
Piano Concerto No. 24
Piano Concerto No. 25
Violin Concerto No. 2
Symphony No. 29
Symphony No. 32
Symphony No. 35 ‘Haffner’
Symphony No. 36 ‘Linz’
Symphony No. 38 ‘Prague’
Symphony No. 39
Symphony No. 40
Symphony No. 41 ‘Jupiter’

Musgrave, Thea
Green

Mussorgsky
Night on Bald Mountain [arr. Rimsky-Korsakov]
Pictures at an Exhibition

Patterson, Paul
Allusions

Poulenc
Gloria

Pritchard, Debra
Wall of Water

Prokofiev
Peter and the Wolf
Romeo and Juliet excerpts of suites 1,2 & 3
Violin Concerto No. 1
Symphony No. 5

Purcell
Dance Suite from Fairy Queen
Dido and Aeneas
Fairy Queen

Rachmaninov
Isle of the Dead
Piano Concerto No. 2
Piano Concerto No. 3
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 3

Ravel
Bolero
Capriccio Espagnol

Respighi
The Pines of Rome

Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade

Rodrigo
Concierto de Aranjuez

Rossini
Overture: Italian Girl in Algiers
Overture: La Gazza Ladra
Overture: The Barber of Seville
Overture: William Tell

Saint Saens
Carnival of the Animals
Cello Concerto

Sawyers, Phillip
Songs of Loss and Regret
Symphony No. 3
Violin Concerto
Trumpet Concerto
Valley of Vision

Schoenberg
Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene
Verklärte Nacht

Schubert
Symphony No. 6
Symphony No. 8

Schumann, R.
Overture, Scherzo and Finale 
Cello Concerto in A Minor
Piano Concerto in A Minor
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 3
Symphony No. 4

Shostakovich
Cello Concerto No. 1
Piano Concerto No. 1
Violin Concerto No. 1
Chamber Symphony arr. Barshai
Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarotti
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 7
Symphony No. 9
Symphony No. 10

Sibelius
Finlandia
Violin Concerto
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 7
The Swan of Tuonela
Valse Triste

Smetena
Vltava

Strauss, J.
Overture: Ziguenerbaron

Strauss, R.
Suite: Le Bourgeois Gentillhomme
Don Juan
Oboe Concerto
Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils

Saaraiaho, Kaija
Terra Memoria

Stravinsky
Dumbarton Oaks
Firebird Suite [1919]
Symphony in C / III
The Soldiers Tale
The Rite of Spring

Szymanowski
Violin Concerto No. 1

Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto
1812 Overture
Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Serenade for Strings Op. 48
Suite: Swan Lake
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 6

Tippett
Concerto for Orchestra
Double Concerto for Orchestra

Turina
Oraceon del Torero
Raspodia Sinfonica

Vaughan-Williams
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Fantasia on Greensleeves
Serenade to Music
Symphony No. 9

Verdi
Overture: La Forza del Destino

Villa-Lobos
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Aria

Vivaldi
Concerto in E Major for Violin „La Primavera“
Guitar Concerto in D Major

Wagner
Overture: Rienzi
Siegfried Idyll
Parsifal, Orchestral Suite
Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde

Walton
Crown Imperial
Façade
Façade Suite No. 1 
Symphony No. 1
Two Pieces for Strings from Henry V

Weber
Overture: Der Freischütz
Overture: Euryanthe

Wiren
Serenade

 

Michael's OPERA Repertoire List

Barber
Hand of Bridge

Bizet
Carmen

Bartok
Duke Bluebeard’s Castle

Britten
Peter Grimes

Dvorak
The Stubborn Lovers

John Joubert
Jane Eyre

Krása 
Brundibár

Leoncavallo
Pagliacci

Mascagni
Cavalleria Rusticana

Massanet
Don Quichotte

Mozart
Der Schauspieldirektor (in German and English)
Don Giovanni

Puccini
Suor Angelica

Purcell
Dido and Aeneas
Fairy Queen

Rossini
Il Barbiere di Seviglia

Smetena
The Bartered Bride

Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin
Queen of Spades

Verdi
La Traviata

Musicals

Leonard Bernstein
West Side Story

Stephen Sondheim
Sweeney Todd

Andrew Lloyd-Webber
Jesus Christ Superstar

upcoming

Wed 25 Sep 2019, 7.30pm

St. James, Picadilly, London

Project40 Ensemble

Roderick Williams - Baritone
Michael Karcher-Young
 – Conductor

Schrecker: Chamber Symphony
Holloway: 
Showpiece
Tippett: Tempest Suite
Joshua Ballance: New World Premiere

 

2019

Date and Venue tbc

Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity:

The Cost of War

Michael Karcher-Young: Conductor
Nadine BenjaminSoprano
Leanne Salisbury: Spoken Word
Giles Duley
Guest Speaker

Beethoven: Battle Symphony (Part I)
Penderecki: Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
Sawyers: Songs of Loss and Regret
Vaughan-Williams: The Lark Ascending

Sat 28 March 2020, 7:30pm

Shirehall, Hereford

Herefordshire Youth Orchestra

Michael Karcher-Young – Conductor

Fraser: In Time
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A
Beethoven:
Symphony No. 5
Williams: Star Wars: Epic Suites

Sun 5 April 2020, 3pm

Shirehall, Hereford

English Symphony Orchestra
Herefordshire Youth Orchestra
Side by Side Concert with ESO

Michael Karcher-Young – Conductor

Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9

Recent events

June 27, 2019, 7:30

Union Chapel, Islington

Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity:

Performing as part of
Common & Kind 2019

Michael Karcher-Young: Conductor
Nadine BenjaminSoprano

Plus many other artists including a massed choir of over 400.

Programme TBC

Sun 14 April 2019, 3pm

Shirehall, Hereford

English Symphony Orchestra
Herefordshire Youth Orchestra
Academia Musica Choir

Side by Side Concert with ESO

Michael Karcher-Young – Conductor

Fraser: In Time
Bach: Magnificat
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Sat 6 April 2019, 7:30pm

Shirehall, Hereford

Herefordshire Youth Orchestra

Michael Karcher-Young – Conductor

Fraser: In Time
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A
Beethoven:
Symphony No. 5
Williams: Star Wars: Epic Suites

Thurs 15 Nov 2018, 7:30pm

Shirehall, Hereford

Herefordshire Youth Orchestra

Michael Karcher-Young – Conductor
Hattie Butterworth - Cello

Bizet - L'arlesienne Suites 1 & 2
Mussorgsky arr. Rimsky-Korsakov - Night on a Bare Mountain
Berlioz - March to the Scaffold
Bloch - From Jewish Life

June 29, 2018, 7:30pm

Union Chapel, Islington

Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity:

Performing as part of
Common & Kind 2018

Michael Karcher-Young: Conductor
Nadine BenjaminSoprano

Plus many other artists including a massed choir of over 400.

Including:
Strauss: Morgen
Undine Smith Moore (arr Michael Karcher Young): Love, Let the Wind Cry

June 22 2018,7:30pm

Teleradio Studio,
Chisinau, Moldova

Teleradio Symphony Orchestra

Live Broadcast

Michael Karcher-Young Conductor

Prokofiev Highlights from Romeo & Juliet
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 'Pathetique'

12-20 May, 2019

Colorado Mahlerfest 2019

Mahlerfest Orchestra 

Michael Young - Assistant Conductor

Mahler - Symphony No. 1

CONTACT

For booking enquiries please contact

Gunnar Strømsholm | info@ellison-stromsholm.com
Ellison & Strømsholm International Artists’ Management