Michael Whight has a varied career as an orchestral player, soloist, chamber musician, producer, sound engineer and teacher.
A former Principal Clarinetist with the RPO and the Philharmonia Orchestra, he has played guest Principal with all the London orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductors he has worked with include Giulini, Maazel, Abbado, Sanderling, Svetlanov and Harnoncourt.
Michael has played in some 200 orchestral recordings, including Stravinsky’s Ebony Concerto with the Philharmonia, and the concerto by Christopher Gunning and the Mozart Concerto with the RPO. He also collaborated with John Adams in performances of his concerto Gnarly Buttons in San Francisco. He can be heard on the soundtracks for many films including The Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series.
Michael has worked with Gidon Kremer and friends, the Lindsay Quartet, the Medici String Quartet, the Nash Ensemble, Robert Cohen and Barry Douglas, as well as recording the complete chamber music of Richard Strauss with London Winds for Hyperion and with the Wind Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for Teldec.
Michael was the first British winner of the International Clarinet Congress Competition and won the woodwind prize at the Royal Overseas League. He was invited by Valery Gergiev to play in the World Orchestra for Peace.
A Professor of Clarinet at Trinity Laban in London, Michael has also been on staff at the Canton International Summer Music Academy and the Lindenbaum Festival in Seoul. He has an active career as a recording engineer, having produced for Naxos, Toccata Classics, Netflix and ORF.