Michael Pollock won a Demyship in music to Magdalen College, Oxford before going to the Royal College of Music to study piano accompaniment with Roger Vignoles.  At the age of 21 he was appointed to the music staff of Welsh National Opera and over the next 20 years he prepared the casts for more than 75 operas (working closely with conductors such as Sir Reginald Goodall, Pierre Boulez, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Richard Armstrong and Carlo Rizzi).  He also worked on several contemporary operas for Music Theatre Wales.

He is Consultant Coach for the Harewood Artists at English National Opera, and a regular guest coach at the National Opera Studio as well as the opera schools of the Royal Academy of Music (where he has been awarded an Honorary Associateship), the Royal College of Music, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (of which he is an Honorary Fellow).  He frequently prepares complete operatic roles for singers such as Sarah Connolly, Rebecca Evans, Sara Fulgoni, Natalya Romaniw and Gwyn Hughes Jones.