St Bartholomews Orchestra, amateur orchestra in South London St Bartholomews Orchestra, amateur orchestra in South London

Conductor: Michael Rakotoarivony

Michael Rakotoarivony, Conductor of St Bart's Orchestra

Michael Rakotoarivony is a young baritone from Madagascar, currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Mark Wildman. He shares his time between performance and study, and is also this year's Acting Musical and Artistic Director of the Classik'Art Festival of Madagascar. He is the visiting conductor of a newly-formed Orchestra in Madagascar, where he conducted the country's very first complete performance of an orchestral symphony.

In 2014, Michael was awarded the John Talbot Collender Award, a full-tuition four-year scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music, making him the first Malagasy musician to study music in the United Kingdom.

In 2015, he won the first prize at the President's Prize Competition at the North London Music Festival, where he was also nominated best Male Singer at the Rosenblatt Recital Competition. He was 'Highly Commended' in the Royal Academy's Elena Gerhardt Lieder Competition.

He was also awarded the Arthur Burcher Memorial Prize twice in a row, 2015 and 2016, by the Royal Academy's Examination Board.

He has played the roles of the Barone Duphole in Verdi's La Traviata, Poliphemus in Handel's Acis and Galetea and Masetto in Mozart's Don Giovanni. His main repertoire features both German lieder and French chansons.

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