Mihkel Poll - piano
Mihkel Poll was born in Tallinn in 1986. He has studied at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Ivari Ilja and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Ronan O´Hora. He is currently doing his doctorate degree at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with prof. Ivari Ilja.
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 Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and the USA.
He has performed with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Nordic Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Symphony, Magdeburg Philharmonics, Sinfonia of Birmingham, Birmingham Schools´ Symphony Orchestra, Norrbotten Chamber Orchestra, Norwich Philharmonics, Lincoln Symphony Orchstra, Vanemuise Symphony Orchestra and the Pärnu City Orchestra 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.
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.
In 2015, Polish label DUX released Mihkel Poll's second album, including pieces by Enescu, Bartók, Tüür and Kõrvits. The album received the Estonian Classical Music Album 2016 award and was praised by the international press.
Among future plans of Mihkel Poll are his debut with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and releasing a new album, together with violinist Mari Poll.
Mihkel Poll has been nominated the Estonian Cultural Endowment Award (2004) and Young Cultural Figure Award of the President of Estonia (2013).
More information at: www.mihkelpoll.com