Edward Gardner - Principal Conductor Designate

'I can't wait to start!'

Edward Gardner was announced as the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Principal Conductor Designate in July 2019. He will become the Orchestra's Principal Conductor from September 2021, succeeding Vladimir Jurowski.

His initial five-year contract will see him working with the Orchestra for at least 10 weeks per season, including our London season at Royal Festival Hall, on international tours, and on our many Education & Community programmes. During the 2019/20 season he will conduct the Orchestra in four concerts at Royal Festival Hall, the next a programme of Sibelius, Dutilleux and Beethoven on Saturday 28 March 2020.

Currently Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway, Gardner first conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003 and has since returned for concerts at Royal Festival Hall, Snape Maltings and Glyndebourne. Most recently he has conducted the Orchestra both in London and on tour in the USA.

'Gardner was a well-matched accompanist here, creating with the LPO a magic carpet of sound that transported the listener into more exotic territory.’ 

Bachtrack, April 2019 (Debussy, Saint-Saëns and Ravel at Royal Festival Hall)

Highly in demand as a guest conductor, Gardner’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 di Milano, Vienna Symphony and his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Janáček’s Katya Kabanova. He returns to the ROH in September for Massenet’s Werther.

Music Director of English National Opera for ten years (2006–15), Gardner 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; while opera-in-concert continues to be a part of his work with the Bergen Philharmonic, including an acclaimed Peter Grimes at the Bergen and Edinburgh International Festivals.

Edward Gardner's position as Principal Conductor Designate is supported by Mrs Christina Lang Assael.

Concerts in the 20/21 season conducted by Edward Gardner

Fantastic Symphony | 23 September 2020

The season opens with a roof-raising musical phantasmagoria – Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique conducted by Edward Gardner. First though, Tchaikovsky’s hugely popular overture from Romeo and Juliet, and Gerald Finley enters the luminous world of Lutosławski’s Les Espaces du sommeil.

more info

Infinity and beyond | 26 September 2020

John Adams’s choral symphony Harmonium lifts off into realms of pure sonic ecstasy - the perfect modern counterpart to the heaven-storming fanfares of Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra. Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage completes the programme.

more info