Chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra since October 2015, Edward Gardner has led the orchestra on multiple international tours, including performances in London, Berlin, Munich, and Amsterdam. Its semi-staged production of Britten’s Peter Grimes at the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival received five-star reviews from The Times, The Telegraph, The Observer, The Scotsman, and The Herald.
In the 2017–18 season Mr. Gardner makes his debuts with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and returns to the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He also continues longstanding collaborations with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (where he was principal guest conductor from 2010 to 2016), and BBC Symphony Orchestra (which 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), Mr. Gardner continues to work with the world’s major opera companies. He has ongoing relationships with Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Opéra national de Paris, and The Metropolitan Opera, where he has conducted productions of Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, and Massenet’s Werther. Future plans include a return to Dutch National Opera and his Royal Opera, Covent Garden, debut.
A passionate supporter of young talent, he founded the Hallé Youth Orchestra in 2002 and regularly conducts the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the Barbican Youth Orchestra. He has a close relationship with The Juilliard School and the Royal Academy of Music, which appointed him its inaugural Sir Charles Mackerras conducting chair in 2014.
Mr. Gardner is an exclusive Chandos recording artist; his 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 Gardner was educated at Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. Upon graduating he assisted Mark Elder at The Hallé, then spent 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, NHK Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Filarmonica della Scala. His accolades include being named Royal Philharmonic Society Award Conductor of the Year (2008), an Olivier for Outstanding Achievement in Opera (2009), and an OBE for Services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honors (2012). These performances mark his New York Philharmonic debut.
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