Michael Parkin studied composition with William Mathias at the UCNW, Bangor. His work has been broadcast and widely performed in Britain, Europe and the U.S. Prizes include the Yorkshire Arts Young Composers’ Competition, the MidNAG award, the Match TM Award and Elegy for solo flute, was one of only two British works selected for the 1984 Gaudeamus International Musicweek in the Netherlands. In 1994, along with Henryk Gorecki and Peter Sculthorpe he was one of the featured composers at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival. In 2006 he received a prestigious Creative Wales Award to enable him to write orchestral music.
His work ranges from a chamber opera, to a large body of music for chamber ensembles, including four string quartets. BBC National Orchestra of Wales have recently premiered and broadcast his orchestral works Still Life and Srebrenica at Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff. CD recordings are available on the Meridian, Metier, Prima Facie and Composers of Wales labels. He founded, and for many years directed Young Composers of Dyfed in West Wales, the foremost annual scheme for young composers in Britain. He lives in Pembrokeshire.