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Bertie Baigent
Bertie Baigent


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About Bertie

Music Director: Waterperry Opera Festival

In June 2022 Bertie Baigent won the Grand Prix at the inaugural International Conducting Competition in Rotterdam, along with the Classical and Symphonic prizes.

The 2023/24 season sees Bertie debut with the London Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Tampere Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Bruckner Orchester Linz and Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. He also returns to the City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic (for his subscription debut) and Glyndebourne Festival Opera (for performances of Handel’s Messiah).

Bertie has been Music Director of Waterperry Opera Festival since 2017. There and elsewhere he has conducted productions of Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Dido and Aeneas and Partenope – directing the latter two from the harpsichord. He made his Glyndebourne Festival Opera debut in summer 2023, stepping in to conduct Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.

Born in 1995, Bertie studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He was awarded the Orchestra Prize by the New Japan Philharmonic at the Tokyo International Conducting Competition in 2021.

Bertie is based in London

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Season Highlights

Oct 2024
Osaka Festival Hall
Boulanger: D'un Soir Triste Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A major K488 Dvorak: Symphony No.7 in D minor Op.70 Imogen Cooper (piano) Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra
Nov 2024
Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon
Mendelssohn: Suite from A Midsummer Night's Dream, op.61 Gulbenkian Orchestra
Feb 2025
Teatro Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Florence
Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte Mozart: Symphony No.36, “Linz” Cédric Tiberghien (piano) Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra



  • Hermann and Bernstein with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

    Usher Hall, Edinburgh
    May 2024
    • The RSNO, sparkily conducted by Bertie Baigent, imbued Bernard Herrmann’s music for Hitchcock’s film Vertigo with nerve-jangling immediacy and shimmering passion, and the biggest adrenaline rush of the evening came from the exhilarating pile-up of rhythms in the Symphonic Dances from Bernstein’s West Side Story.

      • Simon Thompson, The Times
      • 05 May 2024
    • The RSNO…ably cued and shaped by nimble, insightful conductor Bertie Baigent. There was a more traditional orchestral set-up after the interval for Baigent’s vivid, strongly characterised Vertigo music by Herrmann, plus Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, played with just the same vigour and enthusiasm. It was a concert of surprises, connections, and revelations. *****