was born in 1964 and raised in Dublin and Donegal. After completing degrees in English Literature and Music he formed ANÚNA. He joined his first choral ensemble at the age of nineteen and his lack of exposure to accepted choral norms encouraged him to develop a new musical vocabulary both as a choral director and composer. Today he is recognised as one of the leading choral composers of his generation and his music is performed all over the world.

He is an active workshop leader and mentor for performers and young composers with over two hundred young musicians having passed through his ensemble. Many of these have gone on to develop highly successful careers in diverse genres of music. He is a tenor, film maker, record producer, composer and arranger.

Michael lives in Dublin with his family and is a year-round sea swimmer.