Michael Foyle was born in Scotland in 1991 and, as a teenager, won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Tabor Award and led the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Afterwards, he studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the University of Music and Arts in Vienna with Maureen Smith, Daniel Rowland and Pavel Vernikov.
He won the Netherlands Violin Competition 2016, giving an acclaimed performance of Szymanowksi’s Concerto No.1 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Recently he made made concerto debuts with Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber and Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as returning to the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia.
In 2016 Michael became Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the youngest violinist appointed in the institution’s 200-year history. From October 2021, he also became Professor of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne.
‘Foyle’s playing is remarkable’
BBC Music Magazine
‘Of this performance, there was nothing to say except “Bravo!” The long and rapturous applause was richly deserved.’
Eastbourne Herald – Tchaikovsky Concerto
‘The playing of the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Ensemble is pleasingly flexible throughout … with Michael Foyle’s sinuous, snaking violin solos worth special mention.’