Edward Gardner

Born 1974

Edward Gardner



Edward Gardner is widely recognised as one of world’s leading and most talented conductors of his generation. He began his career as Music Director of the English National Opera (ENO) in 2007 with a widely praised new production of Britten’s Death in Venice. With the English National Opera Gardner presented a series of outstanding productions, includingPeter Grimes, Benvenuto Cellini andFidelio. Productions such as Otello, Meistersinger and Queen of Spades are included in his ninth season at ENO. Edward Gardner received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2008 for Best Conductor in recognition of his talent and commitment. He also received the Olivier award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera and an OBE for his services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

After Gardner’s debut appearances of Carmen and Britten’s Death in Venice, Edward received immediate re-invitations from the Metropolitan Opera of New York, La Scala and Milan. Edward returned to the Metropolitan Opera New York (Met) withDer Rosenkavalier last season to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the work’s New York Premiere. And soon he will make his debut with Lyric Opera Chicago. Edward used to be a regular at Paris Opera before he started at ENO, and in 2008 he appeared at theGlyndebourne Festival Opera for Britten’s Turn of the Screw.

Edward will be taking up his new appointment as Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in October 2015 and he will lead their 250th anniversary gala concert. In August 2013 he was appointed their Principal Guest Conductor and he has many exciting projects planned including recordings with Chandos records and touring. Gardner has been Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra since 2011. Main features with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra include the UK premiere ofWeltehos by Jonathan Harvey to mark the opening of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012,Britten’s Spring Symphony in Birmingham and War Requiem in St. Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate Britten’s 100th anniversary. He’s currently recording a complete Mendelssohn series for Chandos. Gardner has a close relationship with theBBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Proms. In 2011 he conducted the Last Night of the Proms, which was broadcast worldwide, followed by the First Night of the Proms in 2012. Edward also works closely with other orchestras in the UK, such as the Philharmonia,London Philharmonic and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Gardner supports young musicians within the CBSO, Barbican Youth Orchestras, the Juilliard School of Music and the Halle Youth Orchestra. In 2014 he was selected for the new role of ‘Mackerras Chair of Conduction’ at the Royal Academy of Music.

The upcoming seasons Edward will be conducting the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Czech Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Danish National Symphony. During recent seasons Edward has also worked with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Houston Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Edward has most recently released widely hailed recordings of Mendelssohn, Walton, Lutoslawski, Britten, Berio vocal and orchestral works and Verdi’s Macbeth with ENO, on the CHANDOS label. He has also recorded several releases 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.

Photo credit: Benjamin Ealovega