Throughout his young career Michael Kolk has established himself as one of Canada's most accomplished classical guitarists. He has performed at festivals and concert halls throughout North America and Europe as both a soloist and as a member of the HK Guitar Duo with Drew Henderson. The duo was selected by Prairie Debut for concert tours of Saskatchewan and the Yukon in the 2017/18 season.
Michael has collaborated with numerous musicians in both classical and popular genres, and made his debut with orchestra as a soloist with the Toronto Philharmonia. He has also performed with the Canadian Opera Company, Opera in Concert, Tapestry Opera, and CineConcerts, among others.
He has also been active as a recording artist, having released seven albums to date. These include three solo recordings released on the Alma Records and Deosonic Music labels, three independently released albums with the HK Guitar Duo, and a collaboration with his former teacher, Jeffrey McFadden, featuring music for two guitars by Mauro Giuliani, issued on the Naxos label. These albums have garnered consistently positive reviews, and have received frequent radio play in Canada and the US.
Michael has been a top prize winner at numerous guitar competitions, and holds an ARCT performance diploma from the Royal Conservatory, as well as Master's degree in guitar performance from the University of Toronto. In addition to performing and recording, he is active as a teacher in Toronto and has guided many students to successful RCM exams and post-secondary auditions.
The 2018/19 season promises to be a busy one, with a new collaboration with violinist Laurence Kayaleh that will include concerts in Canada and Europe, as well as a recording of guitar and violin sonatas for Naxos. A solo recording of 20th century guitar sonatas is also in the works.
...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.
… the classical technical and interpretive skills to match any player I’ve seen – and that includes Julian Bream, John Williams and Segovia.
Whole Note Magazine
…a sensitive and technically deft young guitarist, with a sound all his own.
...ultra musical interpretations and impeccable technique.
Classical Guitar Canada