Lawrence Foster

Born 1941

Lawrence Foster



Since 2013 Lawrence Foster has held the position of Music Director of l'Opéra de Marseille and l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, with which he toured in the summer of 2014 and conducted at the Kissinger Sommer and in China.

Highlights of the recent seasons included engagements as guest conductor with l’Orchestre National de Lyon, Montreal Symphony, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, and the WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne.

Following his ten-year tenure as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Mr. Foster was appointed Conductor Laureate of the Gulbenkian Orchestra. Over the past years, he and the orchestra toured extensively with appearances at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest and the Kissinger Sommer Festival, among others. His discography with the Orchestra includes a number of highly praised recordings for PENTATONE, notably a CD of violin works by Bruch, Chausson and Korngold, and a CD featuring Bartok’sTwo Portraits, Ligeti’s Romanian Concerto, Kodaly’sDances of Galanta and Hary Janos Suite.

Mr. Foster previously held Music Directorships with the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Jerusalem Symphony, Houston Symphony, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Mr. Foster has conducted in major opera houses throughout the world. Notable opera engagements have includedLa Traviata at the Savonlinna Opera Festival as well as opera productions of TheFlying Dutchman and Falstaff in Marseille andMagic Flute and Debussy's La chute de la Maison Usher together with G. Getty'sUsher House at the San Francisco Opera.