Michael Csányi-Wills


“Harmonically lush and sweeping music” Philip May

Award winning composer and Pianist Michael Csányi-Wills has written works ranging from Chamber music to Choral and Orchestral works to film scores. He was composer in residence with the Welsh Sinfonia from September 2013-2016 and his recent orchestral works have been widely performed throughout the UK and commissions have taken him around Europe, Australia, China, and the USA where in 2016 his Violin concerto was premiered in the Constella Arts Festival, by violinist Tatiana Berman with principal conductor of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Jose Luis Gomez. 

Other recent projects have included 2 songs cycles written for James Robinson-May, and a project entitled “Songs on the Spectrum”, funded by the Arts Council/National Lottery Fund, which is raising awareness of Autism through lieder. Also released in 2019, Nocturne for Yodit was written for a project for Martin Anderson and Toccata Classics.

Michael’s 1st Symphony was performed by the University of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra in November 2019. The recording made in February 2020 will be released by Prima Facie Records later in 2020.

Michael’s Orchestral Songs disk, featuring Nicky Spence, Jacques Imbrailo and Ilona Domnich, was released 2015 to critical acclaim, and was ‘recording of the month’ at Music Web International.

Michael has also written scores for over 40 films including documentaries such as “The King of Nerac” and “Maestro” a feature documentary feature about conductor Paavo Järvi and most recently a feature drama such “Sideshow” starring Les Dennis and Anthony head which will be released in 2020. He won BEST SCORE at the Movie Maverick Awards, for his score to the short film “A love story in Milk” and was nominated at the World Soundtrack awards for Best Newcomer.

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”. Volumes 3&4 are due to be recorded in 2020.

As an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and a regular teacher of both Piano and Composition at the World Heart Beat Music Academy in London, Michael is passionate about music education. Many of his students have been awarded scholarships to major music colleges in the UK. He is also associate conductor the BBC Ariel Orchestra, and of the World Heart Beat Music Academy Orchestra.