Edward Gardner is Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he assumed in October 2015 leading their 250th anniversary gala concert. The coming season will see Edward touring the orchestra to cities including Berlin, Munich, London and Amsterdam and continuing his hugely successful relationship with Chandos Records.
Edward was Music Director of English National Opera for eight years until July 2015 and under his direction ENO presented a series of stellar productions, including Peter Grimes, Benvenuto Cellini, Meistersinger and Otello. He returned in Spring 2016 to conduct a new production of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde to critical acclaim.
Edward continues to be in great demand on the international opera scene. He has an ongoing relationship with the Metropolitan Opera New York where he has conducted Carmen, Don Giovanni and Rosenkavalier and will return in Spring 2017 for Werther. Last season he made his debut with Lyric Opera Chicago [Rosenkavalier] and was re-invited to La Scala, Milan following Britten’s Death in Venice in 2011. This season will see him returning to Opéra National de Paris to conduct Eugene Onegin and future invitations include The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and further engagements at Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera Chicago. He was appointed Music Director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 2004, a position he held for three years and in 2008 returned to conduct Britten’s Turn of the Screw.
Internationally, the 2016/17 season and beyond will see Edward expanding his guest conducting in North America including debuts with New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Seattle Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra. In Europe he will continue to work with major orchestras including Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus, WDR Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Cologne, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Finnish Radio, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI Torino and l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
During recent seasons Edward has worked with some of the world’s major orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Swedish Radio, Filarmonica della Scala, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Boston, Toronto, Montreal, and Houston Symphony Orchestras.
Edward works regularly with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Proms and in 2011 conducted the Last Night of the Proms, which was televised live to audiences worldwide. Edward was Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for four years and continues to enjoy a flourishing relationship. His other ongoing relationships in the UK include the Philharmonia Orchestra and a continuing association with the Edinburgh International Festival. Edward also works regularly with young musicians including the CBSO and Barbican Youth Orchestras, the National Youth Orchestra and Juilliard School of Music in New York. In 2002 he founded the Hallé Youth Orchestra and in September 2014 was appointed to the new role of ‘Mackerras Chair of Conducting’ at the Royal Academy of Music.
An exclusive recording artist for Chandos, Edward has most recently released critically acclaimed discs of Janáček, Mendelssohn, Walton, Lutoslawski, Britten, Berio vocal and orchestral works and Verdi’s Macbeth with ENO. He has also made a number of recordings for EMI Records; Alison Balsom/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kate Royal/the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Kate Royal/English National Opera Orchestra.
Born in Gloucester in 1974, Edward was educated at Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music where he studied under the instruction of Colin Metters. He graduated in 2000 and went on to assist Mark Elder at The Hallé Orchestra for three years. During his time at ENO he was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2008 for Best Conductor and in 2009, the Olivier award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera. In June 2012 Edward was awarded an OBE for his Services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.