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Principal Conductor, London Philharmonic Orchestra Chief Conductor, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (until July 2024) Music Director of the Norwegian Opera and Ballet (DNO&B) (from August 2024)

Edward Gardner is Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic, a position he will relinquish at the end of this season. From August 2024 he will undertake the Music Directorship of the Norwegian Opera and Ballet (DNO&B).

In demand as a guest conductor, recent seasons saw Edward debut with The Cleveland Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, and Wiener Symphoniker; while returns included engagements with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Montreal Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano.

In the field of opera, following eight years as Music Director at English National Opera, Edward built a strong relationship with New York’s Metropolitan Opera where he has conducted productions of Damnation of Faust, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Der Rosenkavalier and Werther. In London there are plans to return to the Royal Opera House after productions of Káťa Kabanová and Werther, and in Munich he returns to the Bayerischer Staatsoper following Britten's Peter Grimes and Verdi's Otello. Elsewhere, he has conducted at La Scala, Chicago Lyric Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Opéra national de Paris.

During the 2023/24 season Edward will conduct the London Philharmonic in 10 concerts at the Royal Festival Hall and on tour in Europe and Asia. Their recording of Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage recently received the 2023 Gramophone Opera Award. His final concerts with the Bergen Philharmonic will feature Mahler's Symphony No.8 (Symphony of a Thousand) to mark the closing of the Bergen International Festival.

As Artistic Advisor of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, during 2023/24 he will conduct productions of Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle and Zemlinsky's A Florentine Tragedy. In Spring 2026 they will commence a Ring Cycle.

Edward is based in Oslo and London

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Season Highlights

Oct 2023
London Philharmonic Orchestra | Asia Tour
Christian Tetzlaff (violin) William Wei (violin) 5 October 2023 | Daegu Concert Hall 6 October 2024 | Bucheon Arts Centre 7 October 2023 | Seoul Arts Center 10, 11 October 2023 | Taipei National Concert Hall
Nov 2023
London Philharmonic Orchestra | European Tour
Hélène Grimaud (piano) Nicolas Altstaedt (cello) 7, 8 November 2023 | Elbphilharmonie 9 November 2023 | Tonhalle Düsseldorf 10 November 2023 | Congresszentrum, Hannover 12 November 2023 | Kölner Philharmonie 13 November 2023 | Isarphilharmonie Munchen 14 November 2023 | Alte Oper Frankfurt 15 November 2023 | Théâtre des Champs Elysées 17 November 2023 | Konzerthaus Freiburg 18 November 2023 | Graf-Zeppelin-Haus Friedrichshafen
Jan 2024 - Feb 2024
Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
Bartók Bluebeard's Castle Schumann Frauenliebe und –leben Zemlinsky A Florentine Tragedy 20, 23, 27, 30 January 2024 6, 10, 13, 16 February 2024

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  • BBC Proms 2023

    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Aug 2023
    • ★★★★ Gardner’s interpretation was a thing of extremes. The quiet, penumbral opening Introit seemed to hover on the verges of sound and silence. Later, the roaring brass of the Dies Irae pinned you to your seat.

    • ★★★★ All this music was thrillingly brought together here in a kind of 2001 reunion Prom by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under its principal conductor, Edward Gardner.

    • Gardner was in his element with this opulent material, and coaxed the orchestra into bringing every scintilla of nuance to this work of shifting moods, controlling tempo, dynamic and texture with fluid but commanding gestures to bring us a sensuously warm string sound, and bright, clear woodwinds.

    • ★★★★★ The London Philharmonic Orchestra were conducted by Edward Gardner with aplomb and determination, while the three choirs and two soloists left the capacity audience in delighted appreciation.