Mihkel Poll - piano
Born in 1986 in Estonia, Mihkel Poll studied at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Prof Ivari Ilja, recently receiving the PhD in Music, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Prof Ronan O'Hora. Mihkel Poll has won several prizes in important competitions including 1st prize at the Rina Sala Gallo International Piano Competition in Italy, 1st prize at the Tallinn International Piano Competition in Estonia and 1st prize at the Ferrol International Piano Competition in Spain.
Mihkel Poll has played in many countries including Armenia, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and the USA.
He has performed with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Nordic Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Symphony, Magdeburg Philharmonics, under the conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Arvo Volmer, Olari Elts, Anu Tali, Michael Seal, Eri Klas, Richard Llaing, Matt Andrews, and others.
Last few seasons have included recital at the London Wigmore Hall, residency with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra including performances under Neeme Järvi, Arvo Volmer and Olari Elts, European tour with Nordic Symphony Orchestra and US tour with Sarasota Symphony, both under Anu Tali, as well as another tour with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under Neeme Järvi.
In April 2014 Mihkel Poll gave a premiere of the Piano Concerto by distinguished Estonian composer Helena Tulve. Recent concerts have included recitals and appearances with different orchestras in Italy, United Kingdom, Poland, Romania and Estonia.
Mihkel released his debut CD recording entitled "20th Century Piano" on the Ondine label. His second CD was released this Autumn by label DUX. Featuring works by Enescu, Bartók, Tüür and Kõrvits it received the prize "Best Estonian Classical Album 2016". In 2017, Mihkel Poll recorded and released album together with his sister Mari: it features works for violin and piano by Enescu, Poulenc, Schoenberg and Tüür.
Mihkel Poll has nominated the Estonian Cultural Endowment Award (2004) and Young Cultural Figure Award of the President of Estonia (2013).
More information at: www.mihkelpoll.com
Photo: Kaupo Kikkas