London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski extend partnership

The London Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to announce that its long-standing and celebrated partnership with Vladimir Jurowski, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, will continue until at least 2018.

Since Jurowski’s Royal Festival Hall debut with London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2001, we have continued to forge an ever strengthening bond. The rapport continued at Glyndebourne, where we are Resident Symphony Orchestra and Jurowski was Music Director (2001-13), and in 2003 he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor, before his current appointment as Principal Conductor in 2007. He took on the additional role as Artistic Advisor in 2012.

The original five-year contract, now regarded by both parties as on-going, will continue until at least 2018 and will see Jurowski working with us for at least 12 weeks a year both at home and abroad. In the forthcoming 2014/15 season he conducts the Orchestra in 44 concerts in UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, USA and Canada.

Vladimir Jurowski, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, LPO said:

'As with all art forms, time is the most important factor in creating a valuable and distinctive musical relationship that bears real fruits, and although the LPO and I have enjoyed already a long and productive artistic collaboration over the past 13 years, I believe strongly that the best is still ahead of us. I am very happy indeed therefore to have the opportunity to extend our contract and emphasise my commitment to this exceptional family of musicians, and I look forward to ever deeper artistic explorations with them, both in familiar repertoire and towards new musical horizons. With the trust and support of the LPO's creative and committed team, we can and should continue to develop bold and meaningful programmes, and take the risks that will allow the LPO to stand out yet further in today's crowded marketplace, both in London and across the world.'

Timothy Walker, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, LPO said:

'Everyone at the LPO is thrilled that Vladimir has committed to stay with us until at least 2018. The partnership between Vladimir and the players has been an inspiration to all of us and our audiences around the world since the very beginning. Vladimir’s commitment to the orchestra, his distinctive and always fascinating programming ideas and sheer brilliant musicianship has captivated everyone. We couldn’t be more excited about what the future holds for us.'

Now in its 14th year, the partnership between Vladimir Jurowski and LPO has earned a global reputation for excellence. Our concerts, operas, broadcasts and recordings have attracted international critical acclaim, plaudits and awards including most recently both an RPS and Sky Arts South Bank Award for our substantial role at the heart of the Southbank Centre’s The Rest Is Noise festival, for which we devoted all 35 of our Royal Festival Hall concerts exclusively to music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Among our many memorable musical highlights have been composer focusses devoted to Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Schnittke; numerous world premiere performances and a multi-Award winning Brahms Symphony cycle – one of the most acclaimed and popular sets on LPO’s own label, due for release as a limited-edition vinyl collection in November.

Vladimir Jurowski opened our 2014/15 Royal Festival Hall season last week to great critical acclaim with a work by our new Composer in Residence, Magnus Lindberg, Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony. Jurowski continues the season with nine more Royal Festival Hall programmes including five as part of Rachmaninoff: Inside Out - the most extensive celebration of Rachmaninoff’s music ever undertaken by an orchestra in a single season which begins this week – as well as premieres of new commissions by Julian Anderson, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Magnus Lindberg and Colin Matthews.