Michael Trainor


Michael Trainor is a founding member of the Piatti Quartet and his contributions to chamber music were formally recognised when he became an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2018. He is first violinist of the Piattis and his distinctive and passionate style can be heard in the many recordings for the Quartet, including their album of the premiere recording of Ina Boyle’s Quartet which was awarded a spot on the ‘Top 10 best albums of 2023’ with Presto Music. Their album on the Hyperion label of ‘On Wenlock Edge’ was also singled out as one of the top 20 Ralph Vaughan Williams recordings of all time with Gramophone Magazine.

As a soloist he has broadcast the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and many duo recital works for BBC radio and he will be releasing his first solo works on disc with Lyrita Records later in the year, with the premiere recordings of pieces by William Busch from the 1940’s. He has been guest concertmaster of the RTÉ Symphony, RTÉ Concert, BBC Philharmonic, John Wilson, City of Birmingham Symphony and Ulster Orchestras and principals with many others. He is often Principal Second Violin with the Sinfonia of London Orchestra (SOL) who are currently into double digits of groundbreaking and multiple award winning recordings for symphony as well as chamber orchestra. He has recorded as a quartet soloist in works by Ysaye, Enescu, RVW, Elgar, Howells and Delius for SOL.

He plays on a Ferdinand Gagliano/Voller violin (a composite copy) crafted by the scandalously and infamously talented Voller brothers.

He has many people to thank over the years including Therese Mc Kinney, Father Magee, Michael D’Arcy, Dona Lee Croft, Tomotada Soh, Guenter Pichler and many other teachers who have given up their valuable time and insight.