(21 Feb 18) Michael was honoured to be appointed as a Patron of the Ulster Youth Orchestra last summer - this wonderful organisation is currently fundraising for their 25th anniversary tour in 2018 and all support would be most appreciated, click here to see how you can help

(20 Jan 18) Thanks to the American Record Guide for this album review of "Portraits":

"The McGill brothers boast stunningly clear and resonant woodwind timbres, exquisite balance and blend, sensitive phrasing, and expert technique; and McHale matches them with superb touch, voicing, pedal work, and musical instinct, including a good sense of when to go for broke. He also offers marvelous arrangements, organizing the colors of the flute, clarinet, and piano to optimum effect." Patrick Hanudel

(15 Dec 17) Visit the Schedule page for updated details of Michael's concerts in 2018, including concerto performances of Strauss and Beethoven, a three-concert chamber music series for BBC radio 3 at LSO St. Luke's, a tour of Ireland with The Vanbrugh, and solo and duo concerts in the USA

(13 Nov 17) Many thanks to everyone who came along to hear Michael's concerto début in the Dublin National Concert Hall's International Series, and to conductor Michael Collins and the City of London Sinfonia for such a great collaboration on the Schumann Concerto - some photos of the evening here

(2 Oct 17) First reviews of 'Portraits' album on Cedille with the McGill/McHale Trio from Fanfare magazine and Classical Ear:

"This unique and superlatively played release is one of the most remarkable listening experiences of recent memory, and it demands to be heard by anyone who calls him- or herself a music lover. How's that for a recommendation?" Ronald Grames, Fanfare

"A new trans-Atlantic trio makes its debut with considerable aplomb in a programme that delights, stirs, moves and entertains in equal measure. [They] play with a nimble, nuanced reciprocity that belies their three-year-long partnership." **** Michael Quinn, Classical Ear

(18 Sep 17) Thanks to Gramophone and Classical Source for the recent reviews of 'Reger Clarinet Sonatas' on Chandos, and to MusicWeb International for selecting it as Recording of the Month:

"the partnership of Collins and McHale sets this disc apart from the modern competition" Peter Quantrill, Gramophone

"Collins and McHale are an established partnership and – through perception, virtuosity and teamwork – open up the many attractions of Reger’s Clarinet Sonatas with considerable persuasion" ***** Colin Anderson, Classical Source

"Throughout this new recording, Collins and McHale are excellent" Stuart Sillitoe, MWI

(11 Aug 17) The début album of the McGill/McHale Trio launches today! YouTube trailer here, available on Amazon, iTunes and Spotify

(14 Jul 17) Some more great reviews of the recent Fauré/Saint-Saëns duo album with cellist Brian O'Kane from The Strad, Gramophone, The Irish Times and BBC Radio 3's Record Review:

"…both players on absolute tip-top form here… McHale is so clear with his arpeggiation, it never blurs…"

(12 Jun 17) Michael's new album of Reger Clarinet Sonatas with Michael Collins on the Chandos label is now available to pre-order here

(18 May 17) Visit the Schedule page for details of Michael's summer concerts, including a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast of the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Ulster Orchestra and solo and chamber concerts around Ireland and the UK

(19 Mar 17) This month Champs Hill Records are releasing a new duo album of Fauré and Saint-Saëns with cellist Brian O'Kane [buy CD here]. First review by Fiona Maddocks in The Observer today:

"Both players capture the wistful nature of Fauré’s music and the flowing lyricism of Saint-Saëns with unerring elan." [full review here]

(5 Mar 17) Many thanks to RAI Radio 3 in Italy for featuring Irish Piano Concertos on their 'Primo Movimento' show [listen here] and to the Journal of Music in Ireland for this detailed album review [full review here]:

"...an interpretation that is as assured as it is distinctive... The cleanness and precision of McHale’s playing comes across in the concerto’s finale... it is here that the tight synergy between conductor and pianist really comes across..."

(24 Jan 17) Joshua Kosman in the San Francisco Chronicle has reviewed Irish Piano Concertos:

"...performed with zest and sensitivity by pianist Michael McHale with the RTÉ National Symphony under Courtney Lewis... Field is best known for his intimate, dreamy Nocturnes... and one of them shows up here, in McHale’s lush arrangement for piano and orchestra, to serve as the concerto’s slow movement in emulation of Field’s own performance practice. The two movements of the concerto itself are delightful — buoyant, tuneful and neatly constructed. Hammond’s concerto, written in 2014 for McHale, is like a dense, post-Romantic fever dream, full of weighty explosions and capped by a wonderfully energetic finale. McHale makes a potent case for all of it" [read full review]

(17 Dec 16) The McGill/McHale Trio's inaugural concert tour has been well received, with sold-out performances, including the Philapdelphia concert, reviewed by David Patrick Stearns in The Inquirer:

"The other discovery was pianist Michael McHale. Why haven't we heard of this guy before? His playing was brimming with rhythmic vitality and a symphonic sense of scope, though always within the boundaries of good chamber-music manners. The Poulenc sonatas used color, pedal, and phrasing in ways that externalized the music's expression while respecting the lean sonority favored by the generation of French pianists for whom the composer wrote. The best news is that McHale and both McGills will enter the recording studio in the coming weeks, so we haven't heard the last of this threesome." [full review here]

(28 Nov 16) Two more positive reviews for "Irish Piano Concertos" from MusicWeb International and Classical Notes:

"The playing by the soloist and orchestra is superb, the sound excellent and the presentation of the disc is ideal. It deserves to be widely played."

(19 Oct 16) "Irish Piano Concertos" has been favourably reviewed by Classic FM (who will broadcast a track from the album on Sunday 23rd October) and the Irish Examiner:

"…[McHale's] own orchestral arrangement of [Field's] C minor Nocturne… works as a dreamy interlude between two sparkling allegro movements… [In] Philip Hammond's Piano Concerto… McHale gives a wonderfully vivid account of this exciting work and the RTÉ NSO do justice to the lush orchestration with hints of Ravel and Stravinsky…"

(9 Sep 16) Michael's début orchestral album is released today on the RTÉ lyric fm label, featuring concertos by John Field and Philip Hammond recorded with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Courtney Lewis. Click here for an interview about the album, and for a video preview of Michael's Field nocturne arrangement, click here. Available now from Amazon and iTunes

(30 Aug 16) Thanks to Michael Quinn (Classical Ear) and Nick Boston (Classical Notes) for two recent reviews of my "Schubert: Four Impromptus" album on the Ergodos label:

"…intriguing, poetically intense and altogether involving…" ***** [read full review]

"…McHale's Impromptus are respectful and expressive, and he plays with delicacy and precision. The singing legato melody over the rippling accompaniment in No.3 is particularly beautifully executed…" [read full review]

(27 Jul 16) Tune in to RTÉ lyric fm tonight to hear Michael chat and play in studio with Carl Corcoran on the Blue of the NIght show. YouTube preview here

(14 Jul 16) Michael's solo album "Schubert: Four Impromptus" was recently reviewed in the Sunday Business Post by Dick O'Riordan:

"…McHale reveals a reverential approach that not just pays tribute, but also revels in the glorious light-and-shade nuances of each piece… a brilliant interpretation that does full justice to the lyrical genius of their creator…" [read full review]

(25 Jun 16) Visit the Schedule Page for details of Michael's upcoming summer and autumn concerts, including concerto performances of Gershwin, Mozart and Ravel, and festival appearances at Clandeboye, Tunbridge Wells and the National Concert Hall, Dublin

(5 Jun 16) Great review of The Lyrical Clarinet Vol.2 by David Cairns in The Sunday Times [read full review]:

"…Françaix's Tema con variazioni stimulates Collins's virtuosity, seamless line and control of dynamics. It also demonstrates the splendid piano playing of McHale, whose transcription of two John Field Nocturnes further enhances the disc's attractions…"

(25 May 16) Thanks to David Mellor and Classic FM for selecting 'The Lyrical Clarinet Vol.2' as its Critic's Choice this week - read the review here. The album can be purchased on Amazon and iTunes - to watch a trailer video on YouTube click here

(30 Apr 16) Watch/listen to two recent extended broadcast features on US radio stations: Classical MPR's feature on musical career building here, and a video stream of the McGill/McHale Trio's New York début on WQXR here

(24 Feb 16) Click here to read an extended interview with Michael for Final Note Magazine, words by Emer Nestor, photography by Frances Marshall

(28 Jan 16) Thanks to everyone who supported the recent launch of Michael's new solo album on the Ergodos label "Schubert: Four Impromptus". Click here to read GoldenPlec's review of the performance. The album is available for download on Amazon and iTunes, and to stream on Spotify. To buy the CD, click here

(22 Dec 15) Happy holidays to one and all! To hear some chat and festive piano playing, listen back to Michael's appearance today on BBC Radio Ulster's 'Classical Connections'. You can also hear Michael's performances from the WB Yeats celebration at Dublin's National Concert Hall on RTÉ Radio 1 at 4pm on Christmas Day, and a broadcast of a recent solo recital on RTÉ lyric fm at 8pm on December 29th.

(4 Nov 15) First review of 'Solitude', the recent duo album with Stefán Höskuldsson, by Todd Gorman in the American Record Guide:

"…In the Prokofieff, this interpretation especially preserves the music's clarity - how can I have heard the sonata dozens of times over more than 20 years and just be discovering details in the piano part? This is one of the most penetrating and imaginative accounts I have heard, ranking at the top of a crowded field… McHale has done a surpassingly fine job with very demanding music. Any opportunity to hear him alone or with others is so worth pursuing that I hope you won't neglect this opportunity…"

(9 Oct 15) Michael was featured and interviewed in today's issue of Casa magazine (page 11), in advance of his performances with Camerata Pacifica this week in California

(28 Sep 15) Two great reviews of Michael's recent duo recital at Wigmore Hall with clarinettist Michael Collins:

"…This well-contrasted programme found clarinet and piano as a congenial combination and featured two artists of taste and personality, Michael Collins and Michael McHale, who know each other's playing so well…" Brian Barford, Classical Source [read full review]

"…Collins' feathery fingers effortlessly glided through his rising arpeggiated scales, while McHale dreamily pulled back the end of the second subject before the wistful opening theme returns…" **** Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack [read full review]

(18 Aug 15) Tune in to RTÉ lyric fm at 8pm on Friday 21st August to hear Michael's recent performance of Beethoven Concerto No.4 with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

(19 Jul 15) Details of Michael's autumn concerts are now available on the Schedule Page, including return visits to Camerata Pacifica in California and Wigmore Hall in London, and a tour of Ireland with soprano Sylvia O'Brien and cellist Christopher Marwood.

(20 May 15) Two of Michael's recently released albums have received some very positive reviews:

The solo album 'Miniatures & Modulations' was reviewed by Fanfare, Piano News (in German), MusicWeb International and given five stars by BBC Music and Classical Ear.

'Brahms/Reinecke Clarinet Sonatas (with Michael Collins) was selected as 'Editor's Choice in Gramophone and 'Recording of the Month' by MusicWeb International, and reviewed by Classical Ear and International Record Review.

(16 Feb 15) Michael is delighted to have been awarded a Major Individual Artist award by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland: further details here. New details of upcoming concerts this year can now be found on the Schedule Page, including a return to Wigmore Hall with London Winds and concerto performances of Mozart, Chopin and Beethoven.

(2 Jan 15) A very happy New Year! Some exciting projects to kick off 2015 - Michael's second solo album 'Miniatures and Modulations' launches on January 5th on Naxos' Grand Piano label (available to pre-order on Amazon UK, iTunes and Amazon USA). To view a YouTube video about the new album, click here.

Also on January 5th, 2pm, Michael gives the world première of Philip Hammond's new piano concerto with the Ulster Orchestra / Nicholas Collon, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3

(11 Dec 14) Thanks to Courtney Lewis and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for a great collaboration on Prokofiev Concerto No.1 last week. The broadcast is available to listen again here. The concert was reviewed by GoldenPlec [click here] and by the Irish Times:

"McHale was a wonderfully incisive soloist, and Lewis made sure that the orchestra gave him full-bodied, richly stranded support, but in a way that still kept the spotlight on the piano. This was exactly the sort of headlong, exciting adventure that Prokofiev intended it to be." [read full review]

(6 Dec 14) Michael's new album of clarinet sonatas by Brahms and Reinecke with Michael Collins on the Chandos label is now available to pre-order on Amazon [click here]

(24 Nov 14) 'The Irish Piano' was chosen as one of 'Five Great Irish Music Recordings' by Irish Fireside - click here to read more. The album was also recently reviewed by the Sir Arnold Bax website [full review here] - you can also read an interview with Michael discussing his career, Bax's music, the studio recording process and more [click here].

(27 Oct 14) After concerts in Madrid and Santiago de Compostela, Michael's tour with the Vogler Quartet and Zandra McMaster concluded at Berlin's Konzerthaus - the concert was reviewed by Udo Badelt in Der Tagesspiegel:

"…In Debussy's "Estampes", Michael McHale shows what he can do as a soloist, delicately teasing out the rhythmic layers in each piece…" [read full review in German]

(9 Sep 14) Thanks to Ambassador James McIntyre and all the staff at the Irish Embassy in Buenos Aires for their support of the recent solo concerts in Argentina. The recital at the Chopiniana Festival was reviewed by Pablo Bardin of the Buenos Aires Herald:

"…His touch can be ethereal, as in Debussy, or extremely forceful, as in Mussorgsky's Pictures… and his mechanism is practically without blemish even in the hardest pieces… I liked his well-contrasted Schubert, and I truly enjoyed his two pieces from Debussy's Estampes, Soirée in Granada and Gardens under the Rain, fluent and mercurial… As to his Mussorgsky, it was dramatic and intense, and I didn't miss the orchestra in The Great Gate of Kiev as I often do, so big (but unforced) was his tone…" [full review]

(28 Jul 14) Click here to listen again to Michael's recent solo recital broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Lunchtime Concert series (available until 20 August)

(20 Jul 14) Special thanks to Courtney Lewis and everyone at the Minnesota Orchestra for an incredible concerto début experience in their Sommerfest programme performing Mozart K.488 - inspiring musicianship all round!

(27 Jun 14) Some of Michael's recent chamber music performances from the KBC Great Music in Irish Houses Festival are available to listen again for the next seven days on BBC Radio 3's Lunchtime Concert, 24-27 June 1pm [click here]. To read the Irish Independent's review of the Festval, click here

(30 May 14) Michael's recent recital tour of Northern Ireland featuring Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition alongside music from The Irish Piano, was glowingly reviewed by Terry Blain for Bachtrack.com:

"…McHale is a naturally self-effacing performer, deeply musical, and therefore always focused on the music. Listening, one's reminded of Kempff's pellucid objectivity… and, from a more recent generation, the poise and elegance of Murray Perahia…" [read full review]

(23 May 14) Tune in to BBC Radio Ulster's Sounds Classical this Sunday evening 25th May for live performances in studio and an interview about recent and upcoming plans

(10 Mar 14) Thanks to the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Gábor Takacs-Nagy for their wonderful musicianship in the première performances of Garrett Sholdice's Piano Concerto last week in Dublin and Limerick. [read review] The full concert will soon be available to view on a HD video stream on the Platform Ireland website

(10 Feb 14) Michael's recent recital with Michael Collins in Huddersfield was broadcast yesterday on BBC Radio 3 - click here to listen again (available until February 16th)

(31 Jan 14) The recent RTÉ NSO concert in Dublin was reviewed by Dick O'Riordan in the Sunday Business Post:

" …McHale played with cool authority and understated panache as one expected from a young pianist whose international career is in serious take-off mode. McHale has a classy touch and his partnership here with the RTÉ NSO had an equilibrium that allowed both classical and jazz to breathe together without threatening to smother each other…"

Click here to read the full review, and click here to read Thelma Harris's review for GoldenPlec

(18 Jan 14) Michael's recent performance of Gershwin's Piano Concerto with Jayce Ogren and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra is now available to listen again here

(30 Nov 13) Visit the Schedule page for details of Michael's upcoming concerts in 2014, which include two live concert broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 in January, and the world première of a new piano concerto by Garrett Sholdice with Gábor Takács-Nagy and the Irish Chamber Orchestra

(8 Oct 13) Michael's recent performance of Liszt Concerto No.2 with Alan Buribayev and the Ulster Orchestra was a great success - thanks to everyone who came along! Click here to read the full concert review in the Belfast Telegraph:

"…Buribayev's partnership with McHale produced entrancing results. The emphasis was not simply on the surface brilliance of the pianist but on the underlying strength of the responsive interplay between orchestra and soloist. McHale exploited every nuanced colour of the piano's dramatic role, with a not inconsiderable display of the virtuosity required to play this challengingly extroverted composition. The performance breathed with sensitivity…"

(22 Sep 13) Following recent features on ABC Classic fm in Austraiia and KCSC fm in the USA, 'The Irish Piano' was featured as 'CD of the Day' on Ö1 ORF radio in Austria - the broadcast will be available to listen again here until September 26th

(14 Sep 13) Michael will now be represented in North America by ACM 360 Artists - watch this space for some exciting new plans over the coming seasons - details to follow.

(20 Aug 13) 'The Irish Piano' was the subject of an hour-long feature on Estonian station Klassika Raadio last week. Click here to listen again

(27 Jul 13) Visit Michael's new Facebook page for regular updates, photos, reviews and news

(24 May 13) The début Cappa Ensemble album of piano quartets has just received a 5-star review from MIchael Dervan in the Irish Times [read full review here]

(9 May 13) Click here to pre-order Cappa Ensemble's début release on Nimbus Alliance of piano quartets by Bridge, Bax, Wilson and Walton, which was recorded last year at the CIT Cork School of Music

(15 Apr 13) Michael's US concerto début with Courtney Lewis and Discovery Ensemble was a great success. The concert was reviewed by the Boston Musical Intelligencer:

"…McHale gave a masterful reading of the work, evincing a natural rapport with Lewis and bringing out the quiet, steady beauty of the piece. I have never seen a better coordination between soloist and conductor, their timing exquisitely perfect throughout…" [read full review]

(19 Mar 13) The new Chandos album of British Clarinet Sonatas with Michael Collins was recently reviewed by Colin Anderson in International Record Review:

"All the music here is worth hearing, the Cooke and Gregson standing out for me. These matchless performances, with Michael McHale every bit Michael Collins' equal, are beautifully recorded and presented. Enjoy!”

(24 Feb 13) 'The Irish Piano' has received a glowing review from Jed Distler in Gramophone Magazine:

"…all of the music comes to life through the singing sensibility of McHale's sensitive and polished pianism, captured in a warmly ambient recording. In short, it's easy to recommend such a highly distinct and imaginatively presented release…" [full review]

(14 Feb 13) Click here to pre-order Volume 2 of Michael's recording of British Clarinet Sonatas with Michael Collins for the Chandos label, which will be released shortly

(6 Jan 13) Click here to read Steve Arloff's review of 'The Irish Piano' for MusicWeb:

"…This is a disc of disarmingly charming and beguiling music… [McHale] is a skilful arranger as well as a pianist imbued with a thoughtful approach and an ability to reveal every nuance in these brilliant little gems… You can tell I love this disc and I do. It is a disc that will have you return to it frequently [and] it will not fail to put a smile on your face…" [buy disc on Amazon]

(1 Jan 13) Visit the Schedule page for details of Michael's upcoming concerts in 2013. 'The Irish Piano' will be featured on France Musique's 'Leur Premier CD' on Sunday 6th January, and will be available to listen again for one month. A very happy New Year!

(21 Dec 12) 'The Irish Piano' received a 4-star review in BBC Music Magazine:

"…This attractive album of music with an Irish connection combines gentle lyricism and folksy charm, played with understated sensitivity…" **** [read review]

(28 Nov 12) Three recent interviews with Michael are now available online: Pianists from the Inside with Malan Wilkinson; Contemporary Music Centre with Jonathan Grimes and Culture NI with Terry Blain

(21 Nov 12) Norman Lebrecht has selected "The Irish Piano" as his CD of the Week:

"…'The Irish Piano' is a scintillating and sometimes whimsical recital that takes John Field as its starting point and spreads out across the whole of the island's music… McHale strikes just the right tone of contemplative wonderment and mischievous mythology… Fascinating from start to stop…" [read full review] [buy disc on Amazon]

(19 Nov 12) "The Irish Piano" will be featured on RAI Radio 3's morning show 'Primo Movimento' on Friday November 23rd at 0830 GMT (0930 in Italy) [listen live]

(18 Nov 12) Another review of "The Irish Piano" in The Sunday Times:

"…McHale, who penned his own programme notes and includes his own tasteful arrangements of folk songs, is engaging and colourful throughout…" [read review]

(2 Nov 12) "The Irish Piano" received a 4-star review in the Irish Times:

"…McHale… gives attractively-shaped performances of these mostly light, well-turned pieces, with the almost Satie-esque moments in Arnold Bax's Nocturne providing the greatest surprise…" [read review] [buy disc on Amazon]

(22 Oct 12) Click here to read a review of Michael's recent performance with JoAnn Falletta and the Ulster Orchestra:

"…This immaculately thought-through interpretation of the Gershwin concerto, tonally alluring and exquisitely attentive to the music's shifting emotional temperatures, shows that McHale is more than ready for the broader challenges of the international piano circuit…"

(16 Oct 12) Tune in to BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday 24th October at 1pm BST to hear Michael's performances of Fauré's Elegie and Dolly Suite from this summer's Clandeboye Festival, with cellist Andres Diaz and pianist David Quigley

(2 Oct 12) Click here to pre-order Michael's new solo album, "The Irish Piano". Full track listing, promotional youtube videos and more can be found by clicking here

(3 Sep 12) Tune in to RTÉ lyric fm on Monday 10th September at 7pm BST to hear Michael's in-depth interview with Aedin Gormley on My Tunes and hear his chosen selection of favourite music [click here to listen again after the broadcast]

(30 Jul 12) Michael's solo recital in Buenos Aires received a great review from Pablo Bardin of the Buenos Aires Herald:

"…Irish pianist Michael McHale gave a lovely recital at the Museo Fernández Blanco; he played (as last year) at the Ushuaia Festival. After sensitive versions of Schubert´s op.90 Impromptus, a first-rate account of Liszt´s “Funérailles”. A beautiful Barber “Nocturne”. Finally, charming Irish pieces in accomplished interpretations…" [read review]

(25 Jun 12) Details of Michael's début concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra in Minneapolis this November are now available online - click here for more information

(20 Jun 12) Michael will record three new albums this summer: his début solo disc, "The Irish Piano" for the RTE lyric fm label, a first CD with the Cappa Ensemble and a third recording for Chandos with Michael Collins. Click here to read BBC Music Magazine's five-star review of their previous collaboration, British Clarinet Sonatas, Vol.1:

"…[McHale] finds a range of keyboard colours in, above all, the works by Ireland and Howells, making their individual sound-worlds seem unexpectedly subtle and rich…"

(12 May 12) Irish Times critic Michael Dungan on the 2012 Music in Drumcliffe festival:

"…Another young player championing music outside the standard repertoire – all of it Irish – was Belfast pianist Michael McHale. On either side of probably John Field’s best-known nocturne (No 4 in A) he gave a jaunty account of The Beardless Boy – from Philip Hammond’s 2011 Miniatures and Modulations – and then something really out there: Roslyn Castle, by William Vincent Wallace. Did it belong here? Maybe, maybe not. Did it provide colour, contrast, fun and pleasure? Oh yes.
In all, McHale had a great festival, both here and in large-scale works, such as the Elgar Piano Quintet with the Vogler [Quartet], and the Rachmaninov Cello Sonata, in which he sensitively partnered the similarly young Irish cellist Brian O’Kane…" [full review]

(17 Apr 12) Michael enjoyed another successful tour in Argentina this year - special thanks to Jorge Uliarte and everyone at the Festival de Ushuaia, and the Irish Embassy in Buenos Aires for their support! Click here to watch a video of Michael's solo recital

(4 Apr 12) Michael will record his début solo album in Dublin, 16-18 July this year for RTE lyric fm. Some of the repertoire for the disc will be previewed in recitals in Argentina (13,15 April) and at the Vogler Quartet's Music in Drumcliffe Festival, Co. Sligo (5-7 May)

(17 Mar 12) Happy Saint Patrick's Day everyone! Click here to read a recent review by Andrew Clements in the Guardian of Michael's second clarinet and piano disc with Michael Collins on Chandos:

"…Collins and pianist Michael McHale certainly make the best possible cases for all five [works], fluently allowing the melodic lines to follow their natural curves, and never pressing or asserting themselves too much…"

(24 Feb 12) In April Michael will return to Argentina for three concerts, including Beethoven Concerto No.5 with Jorge Uliarte / Teatro Colon Orchestra at the Ushuaia International Festival. Visit the Schedule Page for more details

(6 Feb 12) Click here to pre-order your copy of Michael's second disc for Chandos with clarinettist Michael Collins, featuring sonatas by Bax, Stanford, Ireland and Howells. The disc will also be available on Amazon and the iTunes Store from February 27th

(24 Jan 12) Tune in to BBC Radio 3 at 5pm tomorrow to hear Michael perform Finzi and Bliss with Michael Collins live in the In Tune studio

(1 Jan 12) Happy New Year! Lots of exciting projects to look forward to in 2012, including a concerto début with the Minnesota Orchestra and a first solo CD release (on the RTE lyric fm label) - more details to follow...

(22 Dec 11) A very happy Christmas to everyone - tune in to BBC Radio Ulster at 12 noon on Christmas Day to hear Michael celebrate the festive season with Sean Rafferty, Sir James Galway and friends. Every best wish for 2012!

(16 Dec 11) Click here to read a recent review from the Irish Times:

"…Michael McHale took to the role with great integrity…playing with an intense controlled passion, leading from the front, and exercising a wide range of expression…"

(21 Oct 11) Tune in to RTE Lyric fm's 'In Tempo' today from 10am: Michael talks to Paul Herriott about his upcoming solo recital at the Belfast Festival at Queen's and performs live in studio. Also in the programme will be another opportunity to hear Michael's performance of Rachmaninov's First Concerto with Matthew Wood / RTE NSO [listen again here until Thursday 27th November: click 'Friday' from 'Shows from past week'

(5 Oct 11) The upcoming CD release of Piano Music by Philip Hammond on Lorelt has received a glowing review from Terry Blain on the Culture NI website:

"…McHale is given some of Hammond's most poetic pages, floating the undulating phrases of the brief Epithalamion elegantly across invisible bar-lines, and caressing the ascending chordal pattern which recurs throughout '…This hour of quiet…' with great poise and tonal beauty…" [read full review]

(25 Sep 11) You can now follow Michael on Twitter - click here to view profile and sign up to follow Michael's updates or to send a message to @michaelcmchale

(3 Sep 11) An award-winning documentary, Book Smugglers, which features Michael's performance of Siobhán Cleary's Chaconne as its sound track, will be broadcast on BBC2 NI at 9pm on Sunday 4th September. Click here for more information

(1 Sep 11) RTE lyric fm will broadcast Michael's performance of Rachmaninov Concerto No.1 with Matthew Wood / RTE NSO at 8pm, Friday 2nd September. You can listen live or listen again - click here for details

(23 Aug 11) Michael's acclaimed recording of Arvo Pärt's 'Hymn to a Great City' will be featured during a special collaboration between Snøhetta architects and the legendary Estonian composer in New York City, 15-18 and 22-25 September 2011. [more details]

(11 Aug 11) Click here to read a short interview with Michael, previewing his upcoming performances of Rachmaninov Concerto No.2 with the Ulster Youth Orchestra next week

(6 Aug 11) Click here to watch a video clip of Michael's performance in Dublin's Sugar Club earlier this year, as part of the annual love:live music celebrations across Ireland

(16 Jul 11) Details of Michael's autumn concerts coming soon - highlights include a début with the Irish Chamber Orchestra / Gérard Korsten performing Prokofiev Concerto No.4

(10 Jun 11) Michael will perform Rachmaninov Concerto No.1 at the Orvieto Classica Festival in Italy with Jorge Uliarte and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra on 11th July. Then in August he performs Rachmaninov Concerto No.2 with Garry Walker and the Ulster Youth Orchestra in the Guildhall, Derry and Ulster Hall, Belfast [more details]

(19 May 11) Michael's recent concert tour of Argentina was a fantastic success - special thanks to Jorge Uliarte and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, and to Culture Ireland and the Irish Embassy for their support!

“…The pianist thrilled with his musicality and artistry, and shone alongside the Moscow Symphony in a performance that delighted the audience…” El Diario del Fin del Mundo, April 2011 [read review]

(18 Mar 11) 'The Lyrical Clarinet' receives a 5* review in BBC Music Magazine:

"…It is hard to imagine this varied programme better played than it is here by Michael Collins and Michael McHale. They are technically impeccable and stylistically flexible, and, aided by an unobtrusively excellent recording, they both produce some beautiful pianissimo playing…" [read full review]

(12 Mar 11) Thanks to everyone who came along to Michael's recent performance of Rachmaninov No.1 in Dublin with RTE NSO / Matthew Wood - it was a great evening! The performance was reviewed by the Irish Times:

"…He always sounded well under pressure, kept even the busiest of figuration in the background when the main interest lay elsewhere, and positively relished the opportunities to show off his flying octaves…"

(14 Jan 11) Click here to pre-order your copy of The Lyrical Clarinet (Chandos), on which Michael collaborates with Michael Collins in a selection of clarinet and piano favourites. The disc was selected as 'CD of the Week' on Classic FM (UK) and CKUA Radio(Canada). For more recordings featuring MIchael's playing visit Amazon or iTunes Store

(12 Jan 11) Check the Schedule page for new concert dates January-April; highlights include Rachmaninov Concerto No.1 with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra / Roberto Minczuk in Dublin, a South American recital début at the Ushuaia International Festival in Argentina (with funding from Culture Ireland) and a concerto début with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra / Jorge Uliarte

(22 Dec 10) Listen to Michael's Christmas broadcast with SIr James Galway on Swiss Radio DRS1 at 9pm GMT on 24th December, and 7pm GMT on 25th December. Merry Christmas!

(3 Dec 10) Michael's recital with clarinettist Michael Collins in Glasgow City Halls will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 1pm on Wednesday 15th December (available to listen again on BBC iPlayer for 7 days after broadcast)

(21 Nov 10) The Ensemble Avalon Winter Chamber Festival takes place in Wexford from 3-5 December, with special guests Patricia Rozario (soprano) and Michael d'Arcy (violin). Click here to listen to a trailer for the festival - more information at ensembleavalon.net

(27 Oct 10) Louth Contemporary Music Society's second CD, Path, is due for release next week and features Michael's premiere recording of John Tavener's 'Epistle of Love' with soprano Patricia Rozario [click here for reviews and to buy disc]

(17 Oct 10 ) Michael's recent performance with the SSO drew the following praise from the Belfast Newsletter:

"Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 1 followed, with Michael McHale as soloist…  a young man with a strong following among music lovers here.  The wonderfully lush sound he produces is never strident or forced, and both sides of the equation, orchestra and soloist, found full expression in a fluid and flexible performance…"

(15 Aug 10) Details of Michael's upcoming concerts this autumn can be found on the Schedule page - highlights include Mozart Concerto K.488 with the Hallé Orchestra, a solo recital in Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, duo recitals with clarinettist Michael Collins (including a BBC Radio 3 broadcast) and a tour of Ireland with the Cappa Ensemble

(30 Jun 10) Thanks to everyone who supported Michael at his Wigmore Hall début on Monday evening! Follow these links to read reviews of the recital: Musicalcriticism.com and The Irish World

(28 May 10) Visit the Watch&Listen page for some new audio and video clips

(22 Mar 10) On June 25th Michael will perform with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for the first time, playing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue: click here for details [read review]

(9 Mar 10) Tickets for Michael's Wigmore Hall début recital are now on sale through the Hall's weblsite: click here for details

(19 Feb 10) For some recent interviews with Michael, click the following links:

Culture NI podcast interview | Hallé 'Ten2Watch' Q&A | Pianists from the Inside Q&A

(8 Jan 10) Michael's recital in Aberdeen last year with clarinettist Michael Collins will be broadcast on Thursday 21st January at 1pm on BBC Radio 3 and BBC iPlayer as part of Radio 3's Beethoven and Brahms series [read review]

(17 Dec 09) Details of Michael's concert diary 2010 are now available on the Schedule page - highlights include a solo tour of Northern Ireland and a début recital in WIgmore Hall, concerto appearances including a lunchtime concert with Carlos Kalmar / UO and chamber music performances in Ireland, UK and Italy

(30 Nov 09) Some recent concert reviews include the following praise of Michael's performance of Mozart Concerto no.9 with the Hallé in the Manchester Evening News:

"…McHale can combine dramatic flair with faultless stylistic skill (as in the first movement cadenza), probe the depths of the writing (as in the slow movement), and mix fluency, bravura and suddenly surreal nostalgia - as in the finale. He's a player with a lot to give…"

click here for full review, and for a review of the recent King's Place recital click here

(11 Nov 09) Michael has been chosen as one of the Hallé's "Ten2Watch" artists for this season - click here to read more

(10 Nov 09) Michael will be interviewed and will perform live in the studio on BBC Radio 3's "In Tune" programme at approximately 5:15pm on Thursday 12th November - it will be available for a week afterwards on the Radio 3 website and BBC iPlayer

(30 Oct 09) Michael's performance of Franck's Symphonic Variations with Pascal Rophé / UO will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3's 'Afternoon Performance' at approx 2.30-3pm on Tuesday 3rd November - it will be available for a week afterwards on the Radio 3 website and BBC iPlayer

(21 Sep 09) Michael will play a 20 minute set in the new London Limelight classical night at the 100 Club, Oxford St on 13th October. click here for information

(3 Sep 09) Michael’s autumn season includes a series of concerts with the renowned clarinettist Michael Collins, concerto performances with the Hallé, RTE Concert Orchestra, London Mozart Players and various other solo and chamber engagements – check the schedule page for full details

(25 Aug 09) Further CD reviews include BBC Music Magazine: "...In a Landscape is given a sensitive reading by Michael McHale..." and International Record Review: "...In both the opening ‘Lento’ and closing ‘Lento-largo’, McHale (on piano) and flautist Vourneen Ryan successfully capitalize on the sparseness of the writing to create an atmosphere of awe and mystery... " A Place Between is now available on iTunes

(16 Jun 09) A Place Between was recently reviewed in the Sunday Business Post: "...Pärt's Hymn to a Great City... knocked me back through the purity of sound achieved... This young award-winning Belfast pianist has an intuitive feel for music, and can cross musical boundaries effortlessly..." Click here for full review

(1 May 09) The inaugural LCMS album, A Place Between, which features Michael playing solo and chamber works by composers including Cage, Pärt and Gorecki, is now available – click here for more information, to listen to audio clips and to order a copy of the disc

(29 Apr 09) Michael’s recordings of four new works by Irish composers David Byers, Siobhan Cleary, Jennifer Walshe and Bill Whelan will be broadcast by RTE lyric fm on Friday 15th May at approx 9.45pm

(15 Apr 09) The première performance of David Walter Hall’s Cross Road Blues with Michael’s newly commissioned score for choir and six-piece ensemble will take place at London’s Hackney Empire on 16th July as part of the Spice Festival. Click here for more details and to watch a trailer for the show 

(10 Mar 09) Michael's performance at the gala re-opening of the Ulster Hall on Friday night was a great success - the refurbished venue has lost none of its charm. The concert was reviewed in the Guardian and Irish Times

(1 Mar 09) **** Terence Judd/Hallé Award 2009 ****

Michael was delighted to be chosen as the winner of the 2009 Terence Judd/Hallé Award at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Previous winners of this prestigious competition include Nikolai Lugansky and Stephen Hough.

(17 Feb 09) Michael will be giving four performances of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue this season – for more details see the schedule page

(30 Jan 09) Click here to read Ensemble Avalon’s recent concert review in the Sunday Business Post. Their debut CD of Piano Trios was chosen as ‘selection of the month’ in The Strad. For a pdf of the feature, click here

(18 Dec 08) On February 28th, Michael will give a lunchtime recital in Bridgewater Hall, Manchester as part of the Piano 2009 festival. The programme will include solo works by Liszt and Rachmaninov along with Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds with members of the Hallé Orchestra

(2 Dec 08) Michael will perform Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody with Kenneth Montgomery and the Ulster Orchestra at the re-opening concert of the Ulster Hall, Belfast on Friday 6th March 2009. The concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 9th March. Click here for more information

(5 Oct 08) Click here to read Michael’s interview with Peter Geoghegan on the Culture NI website. Michael was also the subject of a feature in Fortnight magazine (September 2008 issue) click here to download pdf

 (15 Nov 08) At BBC Radio 3’s ‘Pianothon’ in Belfast last month, Michael performed a number of short works, and also gave a short masterclass to the very promising young Irish pianist, Sean Rooney. Click here to hear Michael’s performance

(16 Aug 08) Having just completed a most enjoyable two weeks with the Ulster Youth Orchestra and conductor Takuo Yuasa, Michael was delighted to receive glowing reviews in the Irish and German press for his performances of Rachmaninov's Paganini Rhapsody. Visit the Press page for further details.

(8 Aug 08)  Ensemble Avalon’s début CD featuring piano trios by Bax, Bernstein and Beethoven will be available to buy from September 19th. For more details and to pre-order a copy of the disc, click here

(23 April 08) Michael has some exciting concerts to look forward to at this year's Clandeboye Festival (17-23 August – see www.camerata-ireland.com for more details). Highlights include Schubert's Fantasie for four hands with Barry Douglas, Vaughan Williams' Piano Quintet with Richard Watkins (horn) and Michael Collins (clarinet), Saint-Saëns' Carnival des Animaux with Camerata Ireland and David Quigley (piano) as well as the première of 'Midnight Shadows' for solo piano, written for Michael by Belfast composer Philip Hammond

(16 Feb 08)   In concerts of Arvo Pärt’s music for the Louth Contemporary Music Society this month, Michael impressed both the composer and the audiences with interpretations of some of Pärt’s best-loved and most moving compositions for solo piano and violin-piano duo (with Ioana Petcu-Colan, violin). Visit www.louthcms.org for further details

(4 Feb 08)   Michael’s recent début recital in the National Concert Hall, Dublin was a great success, with a tremendous audience turn-out and enthusiastic reception which was matched by the Irish Times review – thanks for everyone’s support!

(29 Jan 08)  Some new concert dates confirmed for this summer:

June 12: Solo recital in Leighton House, London
July 1: Début concerto performance with the RTE NSO in the National Concert Hall, Dublin performing Franck’s Symphonic Variations
July 13, 15: Chichester and King’s Lynn Festivals with Sir James Galway
July 23: Lunchtime piano trio recital, Rosemary St Church, Belfast
July 23: Fauré piano trio with Ensemble Avalon in National Concert Hall, Dublin
August: Concert tour with Takuo Yuasa and the Ulster Youth Orchestra performing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini including dates in Derry (7), Belfast (8), Berlin (12) and Kassel (14)

Check Michael's schedule for further updates…

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