Recognised as one of the most talented conductors of his generation, Edward Gardner was Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 2011 until 2016.
He was Musical Director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera from 2004 to 2007, before taking up his position as Music Director of English National Opera (ENO) in 2007 with an acclaimed new production of Britten’s Death in Venice. He has since presented many successful productions for ENO, as well as for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, La Scala, Milan, and the Paris Opéra.
In October 2015 Edward will take up his new appointment as Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra leading their 250th anniversary gala concert. He became their Principal Guest Conductor in August 2013. Edward was Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 2011 until 2016.. He has also enjoyed a flourishing relationship with the BBCSO since 2005, and in 2011 conducted them at the Last Night of the Proms which was televised live to audiences worldwide.
Internationally, Edward works with some of the world’s major orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Frankfurt Radio, Boston Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra and Danish National Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
As an exclusive recording artist for Chandos Records, he has recently released acclaimed discs of Walton, Mendelssohn, Lutosπawski, Britten and Berio, with the CBSO, BBCSO and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra as well as other releases with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and English National Opera Orchestra.
Edward Gardner’s awards include the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Best Conductor (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.