Donald Runnicles

Principal Guest Conductor

Donald Runnicles
Endowed Neil and Sue Williams Chair

DONALD RUNNICLES is concurrently the Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin (DOB), Chief Conductor of BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO), and Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming. His Atlanta Symphony association began with a 1999 guest engagement and quickly matured into an abiding musical relationship of ever increasing depth and accomplishment. The ASO named him, "Principal Guest Conductor" in 2001 at the same time as appointment current ASO music director Robert Spano. Together, they have shaped an era for the ASO defined by a rare symbiotic partnership and musical growth that the ASO has not seen since the time of Robert Shaw. He spends two to three weeks each season in Atlanta, and after a dozen years of making music together, has explored all corners of symphonic and choral repertory.

Mr. Runnicles's recordings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra include a critically acclaimed concert disc with soprano Christine Brewer singing Strauss and Wagner; Mozart's Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Beyond his annual commitments, Mr. Runnicles is active in symphonic repertoire and guest conducts some of the world's finest symphony orchestras. Though not peripatetic by nature, he finds time to maintain regular guest relationships with the Berlin Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, with whom he toured China in June 2013, a tour marking their 40th anniversary tour to China, and London Symphony.

Mr. Runnicles was born in Edinburgh and was educated at Cambridge. He is a recipient of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and holds honorary degrees from Edinburgh University, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and an honorary doctorate from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.