Finnegan Downie Dear

Winner of the Mahler Competition 2020, Finnegan is increasingly recognised for his extraordinary musicianship, his command of complex scores, and his intense and mature performances.

Following a week conducting the Bamberger Symphoniker in a variety of repertoire, Finnegan won this summer’s Mahler Competition, leading a final concert which included the world premiere of Miroslav Srnka’s move 04 ‘Memory Full’ and Mahler Symphony No. 4, with soloist Barbara Hannigan. Last season he made concert debuts conducting the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz, Klangforum Wien, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, State Philharmonic of Kosice and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Future symphonic engagements include concerts with the London Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Bamberger Symphoniker, who following the competition, immediately re-invited him.

As much at home in the opera house as in the concert hall, his recent operatic engagements include his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conducting Alice’s Adventures Under Ground (Gerald Barry); he was due to return and conduct a new production of The Turn of the Screw before its postponement as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Future plans include Rigoletto at the Royal Swedish Opera, The Turn of the Screw at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Eugene Onegin at Oper Frankfurt and a new production at the Tiroler Festival Erl.

As Music Director of the award-winning company Shadwell Opera, he collaborates with the UK’s finest young singers and instrumentalists, bringing stagings of seminal twentieth-century and contemporary works to new audiences. His performances with Shadwell Opera have received consistent acclaim in the national and international press – among them works by Benjamin, Maxwell Davies, Turnage. Schoenberg and Stravinsky. Last year, Shadwell Opera’s most ambitious project to date saw it tour with its orchestra and ensemble to the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, for the Russian premiere of Oliver Knussen Where the Wild Things Are.

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Hailed for the natural ease of his conducting and the compelling insight of his musicianship, James Gaffigan continues to attract international attention and is one of the most outstanding American conductors working today.

Regularly conducting at major opera houses around the world, this season James undertakes four major opera productions in the United States – La Cenerentola at Metropolitan Opera New York, Ernani at San Francisco Opera, Don Giovanni at Lyric Opera Chicago and Tristan and Isolde at Santa Fe Opera.

James also works internationally with many leading orchestras including London Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Deutsches Symphonie-orchester Berlin, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker, Zurich Tonhalle, and Seoul Philharmonic. In North America he has worked with New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit and Toronto, among others.

Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic since October 2015, Edward Gardner has led the orchestra on multiple international tours, including performances in Berlin, Munich and Amsterdam and at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival. Edward was recently appointed Principal Conductor Designate of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with his tenure commencing in September 2021.

In demand as a guest conductor, the previous two seasons saw Edward debut with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker and the Royal Opera House in a new production of ťa Kabanová; while returns included engagements with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano and Royal Opera House (Werther).

The 2020/21 season sees Edward open the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s season, returning later for more concerts at the Royal Festival Hall and a tour of Germany and the UK. Highlights with the Bergen Philharmonic include Verdi’s Macbeth in concert, undertaking a European tour, and celebrating Beethoven’s 250th anniversary with a two-week festival. Guest conducting highlights, and projects that will be rearranged due to COVID-19, include performances with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago and Montreal Symphony Orchestras, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Music Director of English National Opera for ten years (2006-15), Edward has an ongoing relationship with New York’s Metropolitan Opera where he has conducted productions of La damnation de Faust, CarmenDon GiovanniDer Rosenkavalier and Werther. Elsewhere, he has conducted at La Scala, Chicago Lyric Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Opéra National de Paris.

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Polish conductor, Marta Gardolińska, came to international attention as Young Conductor in Association at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra during the 18/19 and 19/20 seasons. During that time, she built a strong rapport and trust with the musicians which led her to conduct two phenomenally successful subscription weeks and several regional tours and educational projects. The 19/20 season also saw Marta make her very successful North American debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a Dudamel Fellow, where she was invited to be second conductor to Gustavo Dudamel for their performances and Deutsche Grammophon recording of Ives Symphony No4.

This 20/21 season will see Marta make a number of highly anticipated debuts, including Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre national de Lorraine and Orchestre Chambre de Paris at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees. She will also return to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for subscription concerts and conduct the Tonkunstler Orchestre at the Wiener Musikverein. 

Other professional engagements have led her to work with ensembles including the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Symphony Orchestra of Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste, Tonkunstler Orchester, Symphony Orchestra of Poznan Opera and the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia.

Inspired by the experience of singing in her school choir and fascinated by the colours of symphonic music, it led her to study conducting at the Frederic Chopin Music University of Warsaw, the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and in many masterclasses and workshops with artists such as Bernard Haitink, Peter Eötvös, Bertrand de Billy, György Kurtág and Marin Alsop.

In 2015, she was named Principal Conductor of the Akademischer Orchesterverein Wien and during the 2017-18 season, she held the position of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of TU-Orchester Wien.

Emmanuelle Haïm is highly acclaimed as a performer and champion of the Baroque repertoire, both as a keyboard player and conductor. She has developed a strong relationship with both the Berliner Philharmoniker and Los Angeles Philharmonic, whom she has conducted regularly over several years. In recent seasons she has made her debut with the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Wiener Philharmoniker, with performances in Vienna and at the Lucerne Festival.   

In 2000 Emmanuelle founded Le Concert d’Astrée, which quickly established an international reputation. During the 2020-21 season their performances include productions of Le retour d’Idoménée, from Campra’s Idoménéeat Opéra de Lille and Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) in Geneva. They will also be touring Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Arras, Paris and Nancy, as well as performing Bach’s St. John Passion with ensemble Hemiola and the choir of Le Concert d’Astrée. Le Concert d’Astrée have their residency in Lille and are passionate and active ambassadors for this region.  

Emmanuelle has conducted regularly at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, including Theodora (Handel) and L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi). She has also performed Rodelinda (Handel) with Glyndebourne Touring OperaHippolyte et Aricie (Rameau) with Zurich Opera, and was the first woman to conduct at Chicago Lyric Opera (Handel’s Giulio Cesare). 

With Le Concert d’Astrée, Emmanuelle has a very extensive discography with Erato/Warner Classics. Their recordings have won numerous awards including Victoires de la Musique Classique (for Lamenti and Carestini), the Echo Deutscher Musikpreis and nominations for the Grammy Awards. Their most recent releases are a CD of Italian Cantatas by Handel performed by Sabine Devieilhe and Lea Desandre and a DVD of Handel’s Rodelinda filmed in Lille in 2018.  

Emmanuelle is a Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur, an Officier des Arts et des Lettres, an Officier de l’ordre national du Mérite and an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music. 

Bernard Haitink was born and trained in Amsterdam. His conducting career began in 1954 at the Netherlands Radio, where he took part in their intensive conductors’ courses, and where in 1957 he became the Chief Conductor of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He went on to become Chief Conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra for 27 years. He is now Patron of the Radio Philharmonic, and Honorary Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

He also held positions as Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and as Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is an honorary member of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and in 2019 was made an honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic.

This season Bernard Haitink returns to the Chicago Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestras. The London Symphony Orchestra marks his birthday in March with a series of concerts, and he also conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestra Mozart, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, with whom he performed his first public concert.

Bernard Haitink has received many awards and honours in recognition of his services to music, including Musical America’s Musician of the Year and the Gramophone Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been made a Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion, and an honorary Companion of Honour in the UK, and received honorary doctorates from the University of Oxford and the Royal College of Music.

After the 2018/19 season, during which he celebrates his 90th birthday and a 65 year conducting career, Bernard Haitink will take a sabbatical.

Daniel Harding is Music and Artistic Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, with whom in 2017 he celebrated his 10-year anniversary, and Conductor Laureate of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has worked for over 20 years. In the 2014/15 season he devised and curated the celebrated Interplay Festival with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, presenting a series of concerts and related inspirational talks and installations involving artists, academics, scientists and philosophers. The influential programming continues to be a popular feature at Berwaldhallen.  A renowned opera conductor, he has led critically acclaimed productions at the Teatro alla Scala Milan, Theater an der Wien, Wiener Staatsoper, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at the Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg Festivals. He continues to work regularly with the Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Filarmonica della Scala Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle and the London Symphony Orchestra. In 2018 he was named Artistic Director of the Anima Mundi Festival. He is a qualified airline pilot.

Domingo Hindoyan enjoys a vibrant career leading acclaimed ensembles and orchestras around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera NY, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Paris Opéra National, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Liceu Barcelona, Mariinsky Theatre, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra.

Domingo has recently been appointed the next Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, starting in September 2021. He is also currently the Principal Guest Conductor of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Opera performances scheduled for 2020/21 include Domingo’s return to the Royal Swedish Opera (Salome) and to the Montpellier Festival (Fedora); sadly his appearances at Paris Opera and the Metropolitan Opera NY were cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. On the concert platform, he will conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Borusan Istanbul Orchestra and Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria.