Biography

Since graduating from the Royal College of Music in 2006, Mihkel has been in great demand as a violinist, composer and arranger. He has appeared Live on BBC radio 3 and his performances have been broadcast on national radios in Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia. Mihkel is the leader of Brandenburg Sinfonia (London), joint assistand leader of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and a section principal in Camerata Nordica (Sweden) and member of New European Ensemble. His music and arrangements are played by ensembles and orchestras all over the world. He regularly performs with the London Chamber orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the John Wilson Orchestra.

As a recitalist and soloist Mihkel has appeared around the world performing with many orchestras including the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian Opera Orchestra, Brandenburg Sinfonia, Bardi Symphony Orchestra and Southbank Sinfonia, performing all the major concertos as well as some lesser known works, such as Trandafilovski’s violin concerto (of which Mihkel gave the London premiere in 2004).

Mihkel has been the leader of Southbank Sinfonia, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Bardi Orchestra. He has also lead and directed Camerata Nordica and appeared with Amsterdam Sinfonietta, English Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mihkel is prolific composer with over 150 works to date, including 3 Symphonies, 3 Concertos (violin, viola and two cellos), and 10 other works for orchestra. Chamber compositions include 9 String Quartets, a String Sextet, a String Octet, 3 Sonatas for Violin and Piano, 2 Wind Quintets and several pieces for piano and other solo instruments.

Mihkel’s works have been performed in the USA, Russia, UK, Germany, Holland, and many other European countries. He has been composer in residence at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in Germany and the Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden. Performers have included the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra with Neeme Järvi, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Oulu Sinfonia, Joensuu City Orchestra, Camerata Nordica and the Chilingirian String Quartet: several concerts have been dedicated solely to his music.

In 2012, Toccata Classics released a CD of his 4 Violin Sonatas. A second CD of Symphony No. 3, Lamento for Viola and Strings and the String Sextet was issued in 2013.

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