Edward Gardner, our highly acclaimed Music Director, is announced today as the new Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. He will start his three-year tenure on 8 October 2015, during which time the orchestra celebrates its 250th anniversary as one of the oldest symphony orchestras in Europe. Gardner will be appointed Principal Guest Conductor from August 2013 (succeeding Juanjo Mena). Andrew Litton, the Orchestra’s current Music Director, will be appointed Music Director Laureate. Edward Gardner will continue as ENO’s Music Director.
Edward Gardner has been a popular and inspiring guest conductor for the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra during the last few seasons, and he will build on Andrew Litton’s impressive work to establish the orchestra in the top echelon of European orchestras. Gardner, with his love of music from the Classical period and 20th century will add new dimensions to the Bergen Philharmonic’s repertoire. He is also keen to learn Norwegian music, and has already conducted the Norwegian composer Ketil Hvoslef’s Piano Concerto with Leif Ove Andsnes and the orchestra.
Productions conducted by Gardner at ENO this season have included Julietta (September ‘12) and Don Giovanni (October ‘12). In May Gardner conducts a new production of Berg’s Wozzeck and in June he will reunite with Deborah Warner on her critically acclaimed ENO production of Britten’s Death in Venice in the composer’s centenary year.