Michael Newman is a Cellist equally comfortable in Classical, Jazz and Folk styles. He recently completed Masters Degree with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with renowned Swedish Cellist and Composer Mats Lidström
He is Cellist in the Fitzroy Quartet who regularly perform throughout the country and abroad including venues such as Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields, Colston Hall and St James' Piccadilly. They have won many prizes and competitions and the Quartet are currently Associate Ensemble at Birmingham Conservatoire as well as having been Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music in 2016/17. Michael is also passionate about contemporary classical music and has worked with London Sinfonietta as well as with many composers bringing their works to life for the first time.
As a soloist, he has performed throughout the UK in recitals as well as performances of Brahms Double Concerto with Settle Orchestra and Schumann Concerto with Orchestra of the City, Michael was also awarded the Royal Academy’s Peter Halling Memorial Prize. Prior to studying at the Academy he studied at the Royal Northern College of Music under Nicholas Trygstad, where he won the Nossek Prize for romantic chamber music, and at Chetham’s School of Music, with Sue Lowe and Chris Hoyle.
Michael studied jazz at Chethams with Les Chisnall (Piano) and Steve Berry (Bass/Voice). As a Composer he recently had his Suite for Singer and ensemble performed at Lancaster Jazz Festival and Manchester University. Other current projects include writing a Suite of pieces for Double Bassist Toby Hughes and research into the Chamber Music of Darius Milhaud and other neglected composers. He also has a strong interest in languages.
Selected for the 2016/17 St John’s Smith Square Young Artists’ Scheme