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. In 2016 Michael was invited as resident composer to the Constella Arts Festival in Cincinnati,  where his Violin concerto entitled “Revisions of the Earth” was premiered by violinist Tatiana Berman (for whom it was written), with the Constella Arts Festival Orchestra, and conducted by principal conductor of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Jose Luis Gomez in April 2016.

Michael’s Orchestral Songs recorded for Toccata Classics and performed by Ilona Domnich, Nicky Spence, Jacques Imbrailo and The Londamis Ensemble conducted by Mark Eager were released in December 2015 to critical acclaim, and was ‘recording of the month’ at Music Web International.

Michael has also written scores for a range of films including documentaries such as “The King of Nerac” and “Maestro” a feature documentary feature about conductor Paavo Järvi and feature dramas such “The Trouble with Dot and Harry” written and directed by Sundance Film Festival prize winner Gary Walkow. He also won BEST SCORE at the Movie Maverick Awards, for his score to the short film “A Love story in Milk”. Michael’s latest project “Kesulat” directed by Alan Trow, is a feature drama about a village thrown into the middle of the Kosovan war in 1993.

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.

Michael was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in January 2012 and was appointed Head of Composition at the World Heart Beat Music Academy, London in January 2013