Andrew Sparling has played guest principal clarinet with many UK orchestras, including the BBC Scottish, Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Sinfonietta, Sinfonia ViVA, New Kent Opera and Grange Park Opera.
Andrew also appears regularly with many of the most important Contemporary Music Ensembles in the UK, including the Almeida Opera, Apartment House, Chroma, Double Image, Ensemble Exposè, Gemini, Lontano and the Michael Nyman Band.
As a soloist and chamber musician Andrew performs regularly with the pianist, Thalia Myers and he has also joined the Brindisi Quartet to perform the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, and also the first performance of Gabriel Jackson's Quintet: In Prairial and Thermidor. Andrew has given solo and chamber recitals in the UK, Europe, USA, the Far East and the Middle East.
Andrew has been invited to give recitals at the London Festival of Chamber Music, run by the English String Quartet, every year since 2001
In May 2000, he made his concerto debut at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia playing theCapriccio Notturno by the French composer, Nicholas Bacri.
Andrew also performs on period instruments, and plays principal clarinet in Charles Hazelwood's orchestra The Mozart Collective, taking part in the BBC 2 drama-documentary series "The Genius of Mozart" broadcast in 2004. Andrew acted the role of clarinettist Anton Stadler and the photo in Andrew's photo gallery (click on the RHS Photo Gallery link) shows him rehearsing Mozart's Clarinet Quintet with the composer. He has since played principal clarinet with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (including a run of Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride at Covent Garden, on baroque clarinets), Classical Opera Company, Armonico Consort and the Tallis Scholars.
The Fidelio Trio (Darragh Morgan, violin, Robin Michael, cello and Mary Dullea, piano) perform extremely diverse repertoire throughout
The Fidelio Trio have worked closely with many leading composers including Michael Nyman, Toshio Hosokawa and Howard Skempton and have premiered music by Salvatore Sciarrino, Edison Denisov, Beat Furrer and Toru Takemitsu. They are Music Network artists and supported by
They have given masterclasses at the
Born in 1976, Robin Michael studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange and Colin Carr and also with Truls Mork, Pieter Wisplelway, Karine Georgian and Ferenc Rados. Following a critically-acclaimed South Bank recital debut he has devoted much of his time to contemporary music, working with composers such as Ligeti, Kurtag, Ferneyhough, Maxwell Davies, Finnissy and Dillon amongst others.
Robin regularly appears with Lontano, Gemini, Expose, Ixion, BCMG, Almeida Ensemble, Music Projects/London and has taken part in numerous broadcasts and world premieres. He recently premiered Joe Cutler's cello concerto in London and gave the UK premiere of the Reich cello counterpoint. As the cellist in the Fidelio trio he has given recent premieres of works by Dennechy and Hind as well as the UK premiere of Sciarrino's first trio and toured Asia, Europe and South Africa.
Robin has appeared as guest principal cellist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and on period instruments with the Academy of Ancient Music and English Baroque Soloists and has given performances of the complete cycles of Bach and Britten suites in London and Edinburgh. Recent chamber collaborations include projects with Ronald Brautigham, Lucy van Dael, Evan Zipporyn, Rolf Hind and Dave Holland and recent festival appearances include Spier (Cape Town), Musica Contemporanea (Buenos Aires), Ochrid (Macedonia), Regello (Italy), Klara (Belgium), Kilkenny (Ireland) and Huddersfield contemporary festival.
Forthcoming releases include a disc of the Ginastera cello music on Lorelt, a recording of the Cutler concerto on NMC and Fidelio trio recording of recent commissions. Robin plays on a cello by Vincenzo Panormo c.1791 and keenly follows the exploits of the England cricket team (despite being a Scot).
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Joe Cutler's first full-length album demonstrates his multi-faceted style of composition - from the song cycle In Praise of Dreams, written for soprano Sarah Leonard, to the driving rhythms of Sal's Sax (performed by Orkest de Ereprijs) and the dark orchestral Music for Cello and Strings - recorded by Robin Michael with the BBC Concert Orchestra under Charles Hazlewood.
Gramophone Critics' Choice of 2008 · Music Web 'Record of the Month'
"The titles of Joe Cutler's pieces seem designed as smokescreen more than anything else. Behind their jokey references and diverse cultural allusions lurks beautifully crafted music of great energy and creative imagination." Guardian
Music for Cello and Strings was recorded on 29 November 2007 at CTS Studios, Watford Colosseum.
Engineer: PHILIP BURWELL for BBC Radio 3
Producer / Editor: NEIL VARLEY for BBC Radio 3
Buckley’s Hot Licks was recorded on 26 January 2004 at the Church of St Silas, Kentish Town.
Engineer / Producer / Editor: DAVID LEFEBER for Metier
Sal’s Sax was recorded on 15-16 June 19996 at Musis Sacrum, Arnhem, The Netherlands.
Engineer: BERT VAN DIJK
Archie and Bartlebooth were recorded on 15 April 2007 at Riverrun Studios, Potton, Bedford; In Praise of Dreams was recorded on 17 April
2007 and Clavinova Music on 19 February 2008, both at Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire.
Engineer / Editor: SIMON HALL
Executive Producers: SIMON HALL, JOE CUTLER
Mastering: SIMON HALL
Executive Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS
Music for Cello and Strings, In Praise of Dreams, Archie, Bartlebooth, Clavinova Music and Sal’s Sax (P) 2008 NMC Recordings Ltd
Buckley’s Hot Licks (P) 2006 BMIC