The London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) has today announced the appointment of Edward Gardner as Principal Conductor from the start of the 2021/22 season. The first British Principal Conductor of the LPO since the late 1960s, Edward’s five-year contract will see him work with the orchestra for a minimum of 10 weeks a year.
Succeeding Vladimir Jurowski, who becomes Conductor Emeritus at the start of the 2021/22 season, Edward will lead the orchestra in its London season at Southbank Centre, on international tours, and with the orchestra’s many ground-breaking education programmes.
“I’m thrilled to have been appointed Principal Conductor of the LPO,” he said of his new appointment. “I worked with the orchestra early in my career and I was quite overwhelmed by the brilliance and virtuosity of the musicians. Returning to the orchestra recently I’ve felt a sense of pleasure and privilege working with this inspiring group of musicians and relished the passion and hunger the LPO brings to performance. I’m looking forward to our collaboration with huge anticipation and excitement.”
Currently Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward first conducted the LPO in 2003, and has since returned for concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, Snape Maltings and Glyndebourne. Most recently, he appeared with the orchestra both in London and in New York. He will appear with the orchestra four times during the 2019/20 season, and open its 2020/21 season at the Royal Festival Hall.
Greatly in demand as a guest-conductor, Edward’s recent seasons have included performances with the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Wiener Symphoniker, and his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he returns in September to conduct Werther.
Timothy Walker, Chief Executive & Artistic Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra said:
“It’s been fascinating to watch Ed grow into a great musician from his debut with us sixteen years ago. From 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 for not only the LPO but also for London and the UK’s cultural scene.”
Read the full press release here.