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Edward Gardner

Conductor

Edward Gardner

Biography

Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic since October 2015, Edward Gardner has led the orchestra on multiple international tours, including performances in Berlin, Munich and Amsterdam, and at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival. Edward was recently appointed Principal Conductor Designate of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with his tenure commencing in September 2021 

In demand as a guest conductor, the previous two seasons saw Edward debut with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin,Wiener Symphonikerand the Royal Opera House in a new production of ťaKabanová (praised as a ‘magnificent interpretation’ by The Guardian);while returns included engagements with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig,Philharmonia Orchestraand Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano. In April 2019, he conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Lincoln Center in New York. 

The 2019/20 season sees Edward appear at the Royal Opera House — for a revival of Benoît Jacquot’s production of Werther  and Metropolitan Opera for performances of Le damnation de Faust. In London he conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in four concerts across the season and brings the Bergen Philharmonic to the Royal Festival Hall with their acclaimed Peter Grimes. He finishes the season by taking the Bergen Philharmonic on their first ever tour to China. Guest conducting highlights include performanceswith the San Francisco Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Montreal Symphony Orchestra. 

He also continues his longstanding collaborations with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, where he was Principal Guest Conductor from 2010-16, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, whom he has conducted at both the First and Last Night of the BBC Proms.  

Music Director of English National Opera for ten years (2006-15), Edward has an ongoing relationship with New York’s Metropolitan Opera where he has conducted productions of Carmen, Don Giovanni, Der Rosenkavalier and WertherElsewhere, he has conducted at La Scala, Chicago Lyric Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Opéra National de Paris. 

A passionate supporter of young talent, Edward founded the Hallé Youth Orchestra in 2002 and regularly conducts the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He has a close relationship with the Juilliard School of Music, and with the Royal Academy of Music who appointed him their inaugural Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Chair in 2014.  

An exclusive Chandos recording artist, Edward’s projects with the Bergen Philharmonic have included music by Sibelius, Grieg, JanáčekBartók and Schoenberg. With the BBC Symphony he has focused on Elgar and Walton and released acclaimed discs of Lutoslawski and Szymanowski. He recently released the complete set of Mendelssohn symphonies and overtures with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.  

Born in Gloucester in 1974, Edward was educated at Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. He went on to become Assistant Conductor of The 
Hallé and Music Director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera. His many accolades include being named Royal Philharmonic Society Award Conductor of the Year (2008), an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera (2009) and receiving an OBE for Services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours (2012).