Since becoming music director of Glyndebourne on Tour at only 28 years of age, British-born Edward Gardner has emerged as one of the most talented conductors of his generation. With a wide and varying knowledge of both symphonic and operatic works, Gardner is increasingly sought after by traditional and contemporary establishments alike. His achievements were recognized by the Royal Philharmonic Society when he received an award in the Young Artists category last year.
In summer 2005, Gardner made his successful debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Aldeburgh Festival by taking over a cancellation at the last minute. Since then, he has been reinvited for studio concerts and recordings. His successful debut at the Edinburgh International Festival, directing the UK premiere of John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer, led to a return invitation to open the 2006 Festival with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and a performance of Strauss’s Elektra.
Orchestral highlights of the 2005-06 season included debuts with the Vancouver and Baltimore symphony orchestras, Colorado Symphony, MDR Leipzig, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Orquestra Nacional do Porto. Gardner also returned to perform at the Halle Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
In 2006-07, Gardner returns to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liege and the Orchestre de Bretagne and makes his debut with the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Aspen Music Festival.
Following his successful debut at the Paris Opera with Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, he will return there for a new production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore and a production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. He will appear once again in 2007-08 to conduct Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. Last season also saw his debut with the English National Opera in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.
In March 2006, Edward Gardner was appointed music director designate of the English National Opera; he will take up the position in May 2007.