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MICHAEL
COLLINS
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CHAN 10825
Brahms
Cello Sonatas/ Clarinet Trio
CHAN 10820
Bartok
Chamber Works for Violin, Volume 3
CHAN 10817
Brahms
String Quartet/ Clarinet Quintet
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BIOGRAPHY

Indisputably one of the leading clarinettists of his generation, Michael Collins displays a dazzling virtuosity and sensitive musicianship which have made him a sought-after soloist with orchestras including the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France and the Philadelphia, NHK Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, City of Birmingham Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, BBC Symphony, and Philharmonia orchestras. In the process he has formed close alliances with conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Carlo Maria Giulini, Neeme Järvi, Tadaaki Otaka, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Giuseppe Sinopoli, and Leonard Slatkin. He is a recent recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award in recognition of the pivotal role he has played in expanding the repertoire of his instrument; commissioning works by some of today’s most highly regarded composers, he has given world and local premieres of John Adams’s Gnarly Buttons, Elliott Carter’s Clarinet Concerto, Brett Dean’s Ariel’s Music, Elena Kats-Chernin’s Ornamental Air, and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Riffs and Refrains. Also in great demand as a chamber musician, Michael Collins regularly performs in recital with Leon McCawley and Steven Osborne, and in chamber formations with artists such as the Belcea and Takács quartets, Martha Argerich, Stephen Hough, Lars Vogt, Joshua Bell, and Steven Isserlis. In recent seasons he has won increasing regard as a conductor and in September 2010 assumed the post of Principal Conductor of the City of London Sinfonia.

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CHAN 10702
Weber
Concertante Works for Clarinet and Horn

“...Collins directs the orchestra as well as dispatching the solo parts with wit and aplomb ...”

CHAN 10739
British Clarinet Concertos
“... These are all terrific performances.”
 
Jonathan Woolf – Fanfare – March...
CHAN 10756
Mozart/ Copland/ Kats-Chernin
Works for Clarinet and Orchestra

“...Throughout, Michael Collins is in his element, relishing every twist and turn of th...
CHAN 10817
Brahms
String Quartet/ Clarinet Quintet

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CHAN 10820
Bartok
Chamber Works for Violin, Volume 3

“…An exemplary account, then. Of a major work for its medium … warmly recommen...

MS 2003
Chamber Music by Herbert Howells

"It’s all wonderfully handled… individual players eloquently cut through the textures just as the score requires. An a...

NM 0175
Knussen
Symphonies No. 2 & 3

"Performances are exceptional, which should come as no surprise given the participants" 
 
ON 4012
Mozart
Serenades K361 and K388

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