Following his debut solo album of music by Bach, Bartók and Boulez, Michael releases his second recording of highly virtuosic music for solo violin on Accentus Music. Sciarrino – Tartini – Berio – Paganini features an unusual juxtaposition of works by four great Italian composers, giving a glimpse into the history of Italian violin music. The comparison between traditional and contemporary works creates a unique sound world, showing just how modern the music of Tartini and Paganini sounds alongside that of the 20th century. Michael – who comments, “solo violin is a very special world. It’s all or nothing, with the risk and responsibility lying entirely with yourself” – presents the programme across the 2017-18 season and beyond, with recitals in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Bologna, Seoul, and Naples.