Michael Francis came to prominence as a conductor in January 2007 when he stepped out of the double bass section to replace an
indisposed Valery Gergiev for a concert with the London Symphony Orchestra. Only one month later, Michael 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.
Following a highly successful master class with Gergiev and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, he was invited to conduct a series of
concerts and made his Concertgebouw debut conducting the Netherlands Philharmonic in September 2009. Michael was also invited by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra to assist his mentor, Gergiev, for his entire Brahms Cycle and 2008 Festival where he worked with artists such as Nelson Freire, Ekaterina Gubanova, Mariusz Kwiecien, Solveig Kringelborn and the Swedish Radio Choir.
In January 2009,Michael was asked to replace André Previn to conduct four concerts with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart. All four concerts received great critical praise and the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart engaged Michael to conduct concerts in June 2009 and March 2010. Michael has since gone on to conduct the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg with Roberto Alagna. Michael will make his debut with the New York Philharmonic conducting Anne-Sophie Mutter in the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s new violin concerto. He will alsomake his debut with Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Norrkoping Symfoniorkester.