Michael Francis

Michael Francis

Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Music Director Designate, The Florida Orchestra


“As Dvorak wrestles with various tensions in his Symphony No 7 – between classical and romantic, anger and warmth – Francis combines his clarity and efficiency with an expressive drive that produces a stirring account of what many consider the composer’s best symphony.” —Irish Times, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

"The players gave an expressive reading of the Elgar, with an especially rich string sound that Francis clearly elicited from the podium. At the performance’s conclusion, when the final crescendo brought in the full orchestra and the Watjen Concert Organ with bass stops that rival the rumble of a Boeing jet, and the energetic Francis was practically airborne off the podium, the total effect was staggering." —The Seattle Times - March 2013

"At times [Francis] got us clapping along in such good spirits, we might as well be at the Albert Hall Proms. The young Englishman.. is a great hit with our [San Francisco Symphony] audience, bringing just the right touch of knowing wit, uncomplicated musicality, good spirits and schoolboy snark to the proceedings." "[He is] the sort of conductor whose gestures a listener can read intuitively. His body makes a movement - and something audible happens. [He] moves with the music in an unbuttoned way, at high energy, as a good dancer would. ..it is abundantly clear that Francis "gets it - and us." —Berkshire Review (Program: My Classic Americana) - July 2012


Michael Francis has quickly established himself as an international conductor creating ongoing relationships with the world’s leading orchestras. He came to prominence as a conductor in January 2007 when he replaced an indisposed Valery Gergiev for concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra during the BBC Gubaidulina festival at the Barbican Centre. Only one month later, Francis was asked, this time with only two hours’ notice, to replace the composer/conductor John Adams in a performance of his own works with the LSO at the Philharmonie Luxembourg and one short year later, January 2009, he . . .

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