Edward Gardner


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Edward Gardner is a British conductor who has won great acclaim for his work with the English National Opera.

Life and Music

  • Born in Gloucester in 1974, Edward was educated at Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music where he studied under the instruction of Colin Metters. He graduated in 2000 and went on to assist Mark Elder at The Hallé Orchestra for three years before being named as Musical Director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 2004, a position he held for three years.
  • Edward Gardner began his tenure as Music Director of English National Opera in May 2007 with a critically acclaimed new production of Britten’s Death in Venice. Under his direction, the ENO has presented a series of stellar productions, including Damnation of Faust, Boris Godunov, Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci, Der Rosenkavalier, Punch and Judy, Peter Grimes and a double bill of The Rite of Spring and Bluebeard’s Castle.
  • Equally successful outside ENO, last season Edward made début appearances with the Metropolitan Opera New York (Carmen) and La Scala, Milan (Death in Venice) resulting in immediate re-invitations for 2012/13. In 2008 Edward returned to Glyndebourne Festival Opera with a production of Britten’s Turn of the Screw.
  • In September 2010, Edward was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Did you know?
As a youth, Gardner was a keen chorister, singing at Gloucester Cathedral before becoming a choral scholar in King’s College Choir at the University of Cambridge. He also played piano, clarinet and organ when he was young.

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