Edward Gardner announced as new London Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Conductor

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 13:44

Edward Gardner is the man who has been chosen to succeed Vladimir Jurowski as the new Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The first British Principal Conductor of the Orchestra since the late 1960s, Gardner will take up the baton at the start of the 2021/22 classical season.

Gardner’s initial five-year contract will see him working with the Orchestra for a minimum of 10 weeks per season, including its London season here at Southbank Centre, where the London Philharmonic are one of our Resident Orchestras. Jurowski meanwhile has been recognised for his transformative time with the Orchestra, with the role of Conductor Emeritus, which also commences at the start of 2021/22.

I’m thrilled to have been appointed Principal Conductor of the LPO.  I worked with the Orchestra early in my career and I was quite overwhelmed by the brilliance and virtuosity of the musicians.
Edward Gardner


Currently Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Gardner first conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003 and has since returned for concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, Snape Maltings and Glyndebourne. During the 2019/20 season Gardner will appear four times with the Orchestra hear at Southbank Centre and he will also open their 2020/21 season.

Gardner served as music director for the English National Opera from 2006 until 2015, and was Principal Guest Conductor with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 2010 to 2016. He has also conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra at both the First and Last Night of the BBC Proms.

Much in demand as a guest-conductor, Gardner has led performances from the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, and Wiener Symphoniker.

Since October 2015 he has been Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, leading the orchestra on multiple international tours.

I'm so pleased to welcome Edward Gardner to the Southbank Centre family. While he has been doing great things in Bergen and around the world, Ed has remained a force for good in British music, and his recent performances with the LPO have been stunning.
Gillian Moore CBE, Director of Music at Southbank


Edward Gardner brings the Bergen Philharmonic to the Royal Festival Hall in November with their acclaimed Peter Grimes.

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