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.

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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, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Wiener Symphoniker and the Royal Opera House in a new production of Káťa Kabanová (praised as a ‘magnificent interpretation’ by The Guardian); while returns included engagements with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Philharmonia Orchestra and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano. In April 2019, he conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Lincoln Center in New York.

The 2019/20 season sees Edward appear at the Royal Opera House — for a revival of Benoît Jacquot’s production of Werther — and Metropolitan Opera for performances of Le damnation de Faust. In London he conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in four concerts across the season and brings the Bergen Philharmonic to the Royal Festival Hall with their acclaimed Peter Grimes. He finishes the season by taking the Bergen Philharmonic on their first ever tour to China. Guest conducting highlights include performances with the San Francisco Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Montreal 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 Carmen, Don Giovanni, Der 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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Marta Gardolińska was born in 1988 in Warsaw, Poland and currently holds the post of Young Conductor in Association at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In October 2018, she stood in last minute to make her acclaimed subscription debut with the BSO and will lead the Orchestra in a variety of concerts and educational activities over the coming seasons. In the 19/20 season she was announced as a Gustavo Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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. During the 2019/20 season she will make her debut with the Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestras. Emmanuelle regularly conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker and Los Angeles Philharmonic and will return to both during this season. Last season her debuts included the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestras as well as Zurich Opera, where she conducted a new production of Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie. Other recent debuts have included the Bayerischer Rundfunk and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestras as well as 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 2019/20 season their performances include a new production of Purcell’s The Indian Queen at Lille Opera and a Rameau and Mondonville double bill in Luxembourg and Caen.

Emmanuelle has conducted regularly at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, including Theodora (Handel) and L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi). She has also performed with Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Chicago Lyric Opera.

With Le Concert d’Astrée, Emmanuelle has a very extensive discography with Erato/Warner Classics, which have won numerous 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.

As one of today’s most exciting young conductors, Domingo enjoys a vibrant career leading internationally acclaimed ensembles including The Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, 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.

The 2019/20 season marks the start of Domingo’s tenure as Principal Guest Conductor of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

This season, Domingo conducts, amongst others, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, MDR RSO Leipzig, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre national de Bordeaux Aquitaine, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. Equally busy on the opera stage, Domingo returns to Wiener Staatsoper (L’elisir d’amore), Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin (Rigoletto) and Royal Swedish Opera (La traviata).

In his 11th year as Chief Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Karabits’ relationship with the BSO has been celebrated worldwide and together they have made many critically acclaimed recordings and appeared regularly at the BBC Proms.

Karabits has worked with many of the leading ensembles of Europe, Asia and North America, including the Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Chicago Symphony orchestras, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro La Fenice and the BBC Symphony Orchestra – including a concertante version of Bluebeard’s Castle at the Barbican Centre. Kirill enjoys a special relationship with the Russian National Orchestra with whom he returned to the Edinburgh Festival in the 2018-19 season, and more recently embarked on an extensive North American tour with Mikhail Pletnev to include his New York debut at the Lincoln Center. Recent highlights also include debuts with the Toronto, Cincinnati, Seattle and Melbourne Symphony orchestras as well as the Wiener Symphoniker at the Musikverein, and a return to the Deutsche Oper.

Highlights of the 2019-20 season will include a number of North American visits, including Karabits’ debut with the Dallas Symphony, subscription debut with the Chicago Symphony, as well as a return to the Minnesota Orchestra. Other returns this season include performances with the Bamberger Symphoniker, Sydney Symphony and the Seoul Philharmonic. The 2019-20 season will also see Karabits embark on a European and South American tour with the Russian National Orchestra, including performances at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the Tonhalle Düsseldorf. Karabits returns to the Barbican this season with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to conduct Beethoven Symphonies No.1 and 3 as part of their Beethoven celebrations.

He was named Conductor of the Year at the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.