Biography

Biography

Michael Higgins is a pianist, accompanist, composer and arranger.


With a special interest in choral accompaniment, Michael is in demand with some of the leading choirs in the country and works with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, London Voices, Wimbledon Choral Society and Sonoro. In 2012 Michael spent six months travelling across the USA filming a series for American television with popular choir master Gareth Malone, and also appeared on the Queen’s Christmas Message accompanying the Military Wives Choir at Buckingham Palace.


Michael has performed throughout the UK at venues including the Royal Festival Hall, London, Symphony Hall, Birmingham and Usher Hall, Edinburgh, as well as across Europe and further afield in Australia and New Zealand. As a rehearsal pianist, he has worked with conductors Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Jiří Bělohlávek, Juanjo Mena and Kirill Karabits.


As a composer and arranger he has written for Farnham Youth Choir, the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain, corporate films and television commercials including the 2014 Waitrose Christmas advert, arrangements for the albums 'Voices' and 'A Great British Christmas' released on the Decca label, as well as the Classic BRIT awards, BBC Children in Need, the Royal Variety Performance and a season of 'It Takes a Choir' for American television. Many of his works, including his arrangement of Fauré’s 'Requiem' for string quintet and organ, are published by Kevin Mayhew Publishers, Novello, and the Royal School of Church Music.


Michael studied piano with Margaret Newman at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and at the Royal Academy of Music, London, with Iain Ledingham and Julius Drake. He was awarded the Joseph Weingarten Memorial Trust Scholarship and continued his studies with Kálmán Dráfi at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest.