Award winning composer and Pianist Michael Csányi-Wills was recently appointed composer in residence of the Welsh Sinfonia. He has written works ranging from Chamber music to Choral and Orchestral works to film scores. His first commission from the Welsh Sinfonia was a three movement orchestral work entitled “Illusions of This World” first performed in April 2014. His latest work “Seagull Nebula” will receive 5 performances in a tour of Wales that the orchestra are undertaking this year. Michael is planning to record his songs cycles and orchestral works to date with Toccata Classics in 2015.
Between 1997 and 2012 Michael collaborated with composer Nigel Clarke on several film scores that include Warner Brother’s films “The Little Vampire”, The Little Polar Bear” and “The Thief Lord”, as well as independent films such as “Jinnah”, “Rocket Post” and “The Baseline”. Since then, Michael has gone on to write film scores for a range of titles including “The King of Nerac” a feature documentary about artist David Breuer Weill, “The trouble with Dot and Harry” starring Neil Morrissey, and the much anticipated feature documentary about conductor Paavo Järvi “Maestro”. He also won BEST SCORE at the Movie Maverick Awards, for his score to the short film “A Love story in Milk”.
As a pianist, Michael still performs and records regularly and is currently recording the complete Weinberg Violin Sonatas with Russian Violinist Yuri Kalnits the first 2 volumes of which were released by Toccata Classics to critical acclaim. Both CDs won a “Diapason d”Or” in the French Magazine “Diapason” for May 2011 and September 2014. The third Album is due in 2015.
Michael was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in January 2012.