The London Philharmonic Orchestra has this week announced the appointment of English conductor Edward Gardner as its new Principal Conductor – effective from the commencement of the 2021-22 season.
The 44-year-old currently serves as Chief Conductor of the English National Opera and the Bergen Philharmonic – and has recently guest lead performances at New York's Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vienna Symphony and at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden.
Edward will succeed conductor Vladimir Jurowski in the role – and is the first British conductor to lead the ensemble since Maestro Bernard Haitink in 1967.
“It’s been fascinating to watch Ed grow into a great musician from his debut with us 16 years ago …” Orchestra Chief Executive Timothy Walker has this week said.
“During his 10 years at English National Opera and more recently at the Bergen Philharmonic Ed has mastered a huge range of orchestral and vocal repertoire … for him to now return to the UK as our Principal Conductor is exciting,” he has said.