Andrew Gourlay

Born in Jamaica, with a Russian ancestry, Andrew Gourlay grew up in the Bahamas, Philippines, Japan and England. A trombonist and pianist by training, he won a Postgraduate Scholarship to study conducting at the Royal College of Music, London where he prepared symphonies for Bernard Haitink and  Sir Roger Norrington.

In 2010, Andrew Gourlay won First Prize at the Cadaques International Conducting Competition and was appointed to the two-year post of Assistant Conductor to Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra and Music Director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra.  In the same year, he was selected by Gramophone magazine as their 'One to Watch', and by BBC Music Magazine in 2011 as their 'Rising Star: great artists of tomorrow'.

Andrew Gourlay has conducted recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.  He has conducted BBC Radio 3’s Discovering Music programme, as part of the London Jazz Festival.  He has replaced Sir Colin Davis at the Barbican on two separate occasions, and worked as Cover Conductor for both Valery Gergiev and Kurt Masur.

Operatic engagements have included Rusalka and La Tragédie de Carmen, as Staff Music Director of English Touring Opera and The Marriage of Figaro at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School.  He has worked as Assistant Conductor for Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

Recent and future engagements include performances with BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, BBC NOW, BBC Scottish Symphony, Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Hallé, RLPO, Orchestra of Opera North, Northern Sinfonia, Ulster Orchestra, RTE Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Rostov Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfonica de Chile, orchestras throughout Spain and with London Sinfonietta at the 2013 BBC Proms.

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