Edward Gardner

Edward Gardner studied at Cambridge University and RAM. He assisted Mark Elder at the Hallé, before serving as Music Director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera (2004–7).

He began his tenure as Music Director of ENO in 2007 with a critically acclaimed new production of Death in Venice, and his many successes with the company won him the RPS Award (2008) and the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera (2009). In June 2012 Edward was awarded an OBE for his Services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Edward has been appointed Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra commencing in October 2015 for an initial three year term. He will take up the post of Principal Guest Conductor from August 2013 and has many exciting projects planned including recordings with Chandos. In September 2010, Edward was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for a three year term, during which he conducts the CBSO for four weeks a season. Edward has also enjoyed a flourishing relationship with the BBC Symphony Orchestra since 2005 and in September 2011 conducted them at the Last Night of the Proms which was televised live to audiences worldwide.

Recent and future engagements: Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, OAE, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Czech Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Danish National Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Houston Symphony and Melbourne Symphony; Death in Venice (La Scala); Don Giovanni (Met); Flying Dutchman, Billy Budd (ENO); Peter Grimes (ENO/Proms). He has an exclusive recording contract with Chandos Records.

Forthcoming: Wozzeck [ENO], Death in Venice [ENO], Fidelio [ENO] Rosenkavalier [Met]