Winner of numerous first place prizes in guitar competitions and recognized at an early age for his exceptional musicality, Michael Kolk has performed at music festivals and concert halls throughout Europe and North America.
His work with the Henderson-Kolk Guitar Duo has resulted in numerous concert appearances and two albums to date, and he has collaborated with many musicians in both classical and popular genres. He made his orchestral debut as soloist with the Toronto Philharmonia in 2011.
Originally from Vancouver, Michael currently lives and teaches in Toronto. He holds a Performer's ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a Master's Degree in Guitar Performance from the University of Toronto. His second solo album, entitled Mosaic, was released by Alma Records in February 2014, and has received positive reviews and frequent radio play throughout Canada.
"...one of the most musical guitarists performing and recording today." (This is Classical Guitar)
"...playing and musicianship of the highest order." (Whole Note Magazine)
"...one of the most brilliant and expressive classical guitarists I have heard in my life." (Liona Boyd)
"...ultra musical interpretations and impeccable technique." (Classical Guitar Canada)
- Mas. Guitar Performance; numerous first place prizes in North American Competitions
- Made his concerto debut with the Toronto Philharmonia in 2010.
- Records and performs with The Henderson-Kolk duo, whose recordings receive regular airplay on CBC and NPR in the USA.