I'm Maestro Michael Francis. I lead three orchestras in America and Europe, including Mainly Mozart in San Diego whose musicians include Principal Players from the country's top orchestras (including the LA Phil, Cleveland Orchestra and the Met Op...
Hello Reddit, very excited to be doing my first Reddit AMA. I'm Maestro Michael Francis. I used to play double-bass with the London Symphony Orchestra. After jumping in for various conductors at the last minute, I am now a full-time conductor and Music Director of The Florida Orchestra, the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, and Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz.
I'm currently in the middle of conducting the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego whose orchestra features more Principal players from other great orchestras than any other Festival orchestra in the US. Tomorrow evening, I will be performing Mozart’s Davide penitente and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with violist Augustin Hadelich.
Upcoming guest conducting projects include the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Detroit, Berlin Radio and Minnesota symphonies amongst others.
My Proof: https://imgur.com/a/UYWb061
Edit: Such a pleasure getting to chat with you all! I have to run to rehearsal, but will do my best to come back and answer any remaining questions later today or tomorrow.