Estonian pianist Mihkel Poll has performed in venues such as Wigmore Hall in London and Great Hall of St Petersburg Philharmony and played with orchestras such as City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Nordic Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Born in 1986 in Estonia, Mihkel Poll studied at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Prof Ivari Ilja, recently receiveing a PhD in Music, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Prof Ronan O´Hora. He has also attended masterclasses of Prof Eliso Virsaladze at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Italy.
Mihkel Poll has won several prizes in important international competitions including 1st prize at the Rina Sala Gallo International Piano Competition in Italy, 1st prize at the Tallinn International Piano Competition in Estonia and 1st prize at the Ferrol International Piano Competition in Spain.
Mihkel Poll has played in several countries including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Sweden, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Norway, Greece, Great Britain and the USA.
He has performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Belarussian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Nordic Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Symphony Orchestra, Magdeburg Philharmonics, Sinfonia of Birmingham, Birmingham Schools´ Symphony Orchestra, Norrbotten Chamber Orchestra, Norwich Philharmonics, Lincoln Symphony Orchstra, Vanemuise Symphony Orchestra and the Pärnu City Orchestra under the conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Arvo Volmer, Olari Elts, Anu Tali, Michael Seal, Mihhail Gerts, Eri Klas, Richard Llaing, Matt Andrews, and others.
Last few seasons have included European tour with Nordic Symphony Orchestra under Anu Tali, concert tour with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in Armenia and Georgia under Neeme Järvi, a recital debut at the London Wigmore Hall and residency with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra including performances under Neeme Järvi, Arvo Volmer and Olari Elts.
In april 2014 Mihkel gave a premiere of the piano concerto by distinguished Estonian composer Helena Tulve. Recent concerts have included recitals and appearances with different orchestras in Italy, United Kingdom, Poland and Estonia.
Future appearances include performance with Orchestre Pasdeloupe in Philharmonie de Paris, recitals in France, Italy and China and relase of the recording of Rachmaninov third piano concerto with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under Mihhail Gerts.
Mihkel Poll released his debut CD recording entitled “20th Century Piano” on the Ondine label. His second CD was released by the label DUX. Featuring works by Enescu, Bartók, Tüür and Kõrvits it received the prize “Best Estonian Classical Album 2016”.
Mihkel is also an active chamber musician and performs regularly in a duo with her sister, violinist Mari Poll. In 2017 they released a CD under label DUX, which received high critical acclaim from the BBC Music Magazine and the Grammphone as well as the nomination for the „Best Estonian Classical Album 2017”.
Mihkel Poll has received the Estonian Cultural Endowment Award (2004) and Young Cultural Figure Award of the President of Estonia (2013).