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Edward Gardner

Edward Gardner


Edward Gardner studied at Cambridge University and RAM.

He assisted Mark Elder at the Hallé, before serving as Music Director of GTO (2004–7).

He was Music Director of ENO (2007–15), beginning his tenure with a critically acclaimed production of Death in Venice, and his many successes with the company won him the RPS Award (2008) and the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera (2009).

In June 2012 he was awarded an OBE.

He is currently Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and has been Principal Guest Conductor of the CBSO since 2011. He has also enjoyed a flourishing relationship with the BBCSO since 2005, and in 2011 conducted them at the Last Night of the Proms.

Career Highlights

Recent/forthcoming: concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra, LSO, Frankfurt Radio, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Filarmonica della Scala, Czech Philharmonic, Swedish Radio, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota, Seattle Symphony and National Symphony Orchestra Washington; Werther, Rosenkavalier, Don Giovanni (Met); Rosenkavalier (Lyric Opera Chicago); Onegin (Paris Opera); Death in Venice (La Scala); Benvenuto Cellini, Otello, Mastersingers (ENO); Peter Grimes (ENO/Proms). He has an exclusive recording contract with Chandos Records. He also works regularly with young musicians including the CBSO, Barbican and National Youth Orchestras, the Juilliard School of Music and in 2002 founded the Hallé Youth Orchestra. In 2014 he was appointed to the new role of Mackerras Chair of Conducting at RAM.

Last updated: 14th June 2016