Mike Mower originally studied classical flute at the Royal Academy of Music, London and was later awarded the ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music). He has since been involved in many different styles of music.
Mike also plays the saxophone and clarinet, and leads "Itchy Fingers", the world-famous jazz saxophone quartet. "Itchy Fingers" has performed at major festivals and concert halls in over 40 countries since 1985 and has won many international music awards.
He has performed or recorded as a session musician with jazz and rock bands, with artists such as Gil Evans, Tina Turner, Flora Purim & Airto Moreira, Paul Weller, Björk and Ryuchi Sakamoto. He has also played in west-end shows, jazz gigs and with classical ensembles.
As a composer and arranger, Mike has been commissioned to write works for the BBC Big Band and Radio Orchestra, NDR Radio Big Band, the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, for Airto Moreira and Flora Rurim, and for numerous wind ensembles throughout Europe. He also writes and arranges commercial music for pop bands, TV and radio. Mike has produced a CD "Tango Del Fuego" for James Galway and RCA Victor using exclusively his compositions and arrangements.