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Edward Gardner


Edward Gardner


Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic since October 2015, Edward Gardner has already led the orchestra on multiple international tours, including acclaimed performances in London, Berlin, Munich and Amsterdam. Their semi-staged Peter Grimes at the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival was described as “the best I’ve ever seen” by The Spectator, and received five-star reviews from The Times, The Telegraph, The Observer, The Scotsman and The Herald.

In demand as a guest-conductor, the 2017/18 season will see Edward debut with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and return to the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He will also continue his longstanding collaborations with the Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (where he was Principal Guest Conductor from 2010-16) and 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 continues to work with the world’s major opera companies. He has ongoing relationships with La Scala and Opéra National de Paris, and with New York’s Metropolitan Opera where he has conducted productions of Carmen, Don Giovanni, Der Rosenkavalier and Werther. Future plans include a return to Dutch National Opera and his Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut.

A passionate supporter of young talent, Edward founded the Hallé Youth Orchestra in 2002 and regularly conducts the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Barbican Youth Orchestras. 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 Conducting Chair in 2014. 

An exclusive Chandos recording artist, Edward’s award-winning discography includes music by Janáček, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Walton, Lutosławski, Britten, Berio and Schoenberg. His recent recording of Sibelius orchestral songs with the Bergen Philharmonic was shortlisted for a 2017 Gramophone Award.

Born in Gloucester in 1974, Edward was educated at Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. On graduating he assisted Sir Mark Elder at The Hallé, going on to spend three years as Music Director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera. He has since conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, NHK Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and Filarmonica della Scala.

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).

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