Recognised as one of the most talented conductors of his generation, Edward Gardner began his tenure as Music Director of English National Opera in May 2007 with a critically acclaimed new production of Britten’s Death in Venice. Under his direction, the ENO has presented a series of stellar productions, including Damnation of Faust, Boris Godunov, Der Rosenkavalier, Punch and Judy, Peter Grimes and a double bill of The Rite of Spring and Bluebeard’s Castle. This season productions include Julietta, Don Giovanni, Wozzeck and Death in Venice. In recognition of his talent and commitment, Edward received 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.
Equally successful as an opera conductor outside ENO, Edward received immediate re-invitations for 2012/13 and beyond at the Metropolitan Opera, New York and La Scala, Milan after his début appearances of Carmen and Britten's Death in Venice. These include Don Giovanni at the Met in Autumn 2012 and Britten's War Requiem at La Scala the following season. Prior to his appointment at ENO Edward was a regular at Paris Opera and in 2008 he returned to Glyndebourne Festival Opera with a production of Britten’s Turn of the Screw.
Edward has been appointed Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra commencing in October 2015 for an initial three year term. He will take up the post of Principal Guest Conductor from August 2013 and has many exciting projects planned including recordings with Chandos.
In September 2010, Edward was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for a three year term, during which he conducts the CBSO for four weeks a season. Engagements with the CBSO during the 2011/12 season have included Dream of Gerontius at the Royal Festival Hall and the UK premiere of Weltehos by Jonathan Harvey to mark the opening of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Highlights of 2012/13 include a focus on Britten with Spring Symphony in Birmingham and War Requiem in St Paul's Cathedral for the City of London Festival.
Edward has also enjoyed a flourishing relationship with the BBC Symphony Orchestra since 2005 and in September 2011 conducted them at the Last Night of the Proms which was televised live to audiences worldwide. In 2012 Edward made two Prom appearances, conducting the First Night of the Proms with the BBC SO as well as a stunning concert performance of Peter Grimes with ENO. His other ongoing relationships in the UK include the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Edward also works regularly with young musicians including the CBSO Youth Orchestra and Barbican Youth Orchestra as well as the Trinity College of Music, Royal Academy and Royal College of Music. In 2002 he founded the Halle Youth Orchestra.
Internationally, the 2012/13 season and beyond will see Edward conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Czech Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Danish National Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic and Melbourne Symphony. During recent seasons Edward has also worked with the NHK Symphony, Houston Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Rotterdam Philharmonic.
An exclusive recording artist for Chandos, Edward has most recently released critically acclaimed discs of Lutoslawski, Britten and Berio vocal and orchestral works. 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 3 years before being named as Musical Director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 2004, a position he held for 3 years.
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