British conductor Mikel Toms was born in London in 1968. He read Music at Oxford University where he was President of the first Oxford Contemporary Music Festival, conducting a complete performance of Messiaen’s Des Canyons Aux Étoiles at the age of 20. He studied subsequently with Peter Eötvös as a member of the International Eötvös Institute Foundation and at the Darmstadt Internationales Ferienkurse, twice being awarded a Patenring Scholarship and also winning the Stipendium Prize for performance. In 1996, he was selected to conduct the Ensemble Modern in a performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Mixtur, in collaboration with the composer.Mikel has been Artistic Director of the contemporary music chamber orchestra Reservoir since 1993. He is a regular conductor of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra and is a consultant to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic.
Mikel has performed, recorded and broadcast with many prominent orchestras and ensembles including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, Oslo Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, New Prague Sinfonia, Kazakhstan State Symphony Orchestra, Uralsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Film Orchestra, Elision (Australia’s national contemporary music ensemble), Apartment House, Oxford Contemporary Music Festival Ensemble, Topologies and Grup Instrumental de Valencia. He has conducted several broadcasts for BBC Radio 3′s Hear and Now programme, has broadcast on Italian, German, Spanish and Irish radio, and has appeared at festivals in London, Bath, Huddersfield, Belfast, Darmstadt, Innsbruck, Sligo, Almaty, Valencia, Dortmund and Berlin.
With Reservoir, Mikel has performed, recorded and broadcast a wide range of contemporary repertoire. The orchestra has released two CDs of contemporary Irish music on the Black Box label and Mikel has also recorded discs of music by Richard Emsley and Michael Finnissy on the Metierlabel with the ensemble Topologies and of concertos by Schnittke, Langer and Mozetich on Quartz.With saxophonist Amy Dickson and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mikel conducted the world premiere recording of Philip Glass’s Saxophone Concerto for Sony Music on the RCA Red Label.From 1997 to 2000, Mikel was Director of British Youth Opera, the UK’s opera training company. Mikel was also Founder and Creative Director of the Classical Brit Award-winning label Quartz and is currently Director of the production company First Creative which specialises in producing arts films and videos and also orchestral recordings. He is a Fellow of theRoyal Society for the Arts.
Mikel Toms conducts La Valse by Maurice Ravel
Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
Representation: General Worldwide Representation
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