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Edward Gardner (born 1974, Gloucester[1]) is a British conductor.

Gardner sang as a chorister at Gloucester Cathedral. He attended the King's School, Gloucester and Eton College. At the University of Cambridge, he continued as a music student, and was a choral scholar in King's College Choir. He had begun choral conducting at Eton, and continued conducting at Cambridge.[2] He also studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where his teachers included Colin Metters.[3] He graduated from the RAM in 2000.

From 1997 until 2002, Gardner was Musical Director of Wokingham Choral Society, a post previously held by Graeme Jenkins, Paul Daniel, and Stephen Layton. In 1999, whilst still a student at the Royal Academy of Music, Gardner became a repetiteur at the Salzburg Festival at the invitation of Michael Gielen, when another repetiteur had become ill.[4] Gardner subsequently served as an assistant conductor to Mark Elder at The Hallé Orchestra for 3 years.[5] In 2003, Gardner was named music director of Glyndebourne on Tour and formally took up the post in 2004.[6] He relinquished this post in 2007.

In 2005, Gardner was a winner of the Young Artist prize of the Royal Philharmonic Society.[7] In March 2006, he was appointed music director of English National Opera.[8][9] He formally took up the post in May 2007, with an initial contract of 3 years.[10]

Gardner has conducted several recordings for EMI Classics, including collaborations with Alison Balsom and Kate Royal.[3][11][12] In private life, he and Balsom have been in a relationship since early 2009.[13]

References

  1. ^ Christopher Morley (2007-11-15). "From opera pit to podium of the CBSO". Birmingham Post. http://www.birminghampost.net/life-leisure-birmingham-guide/birmingham-culture/classical-music-birmingham/2007/11/15/from-opera-pit-to-podium-of-the-cbso-65233-20110400/. Retrieved 2007-12-08.  
  2. ^ Neil Fisher (2007-05-18). "Gladiator at the Coliseum". The Times (London). http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article1804154.ece. Retrieved 2008-05-16.  
  3. ^ a b Michael Church (2009-06-21). "Edward Gardner: The man who rescued opera". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/classical/features/edward-gardner-the-man-who-rescued-opera-1707699.html. Retrieved 2009-07-12.  
  4. ^ Charlotte Higgins (2007-04-19). "Enter the young pretender". The Guardian. http://arts.guardian.co.uk/theatre/drama/story/0,,2060694,00.html. Retrieved 2007-12-08.  
  5. ^ Neil Fisher (2005-08-12). "The good terrorists?". The Times (London). http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/article554187.ece. Retrieved 2008-05-16.  
  6. ^ Louise Jury (2006-03-08). "Rising star of British music becomes ENO director at age of 31". The Independent. http://arts.independent.co.uk/music/news/article349898.ece. Retrieved 2007-12-08.  
  7. ^ Emma Love (2006-04-30). "Rising star: Edward Gardner, conductor". The Observer. http://observer.guardian.co.uk/magazine/story/0,,1762447,00.html. Retrieved 2007-12-08.  
  8. ^ Richard Morrison (2006-03-08). "Young star takes baton in gamble to revive ENO". The Times (London). http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article738561.ece. Retrieved 2007-12-08.  
  9. ^ Charlotte Higgins (2006-03-08). "Troubled opera company picks young conductor". The Guardian. http://arts.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,1726027,00.html. Retrieved 2007-12-08.  
  10. ^ Rupert Christiansen (2007-09-20). "ENO needs a fresh beginning". Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2007/09/20/bmgardner120.xml. Retrieved 2008-07-04.  
  11. ^ Geoff Brown (2009-05-01). "Kate Royal: Midsummer Night". The Times (London). http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/cd_reviews/article6200164.ece. Retrieved 2009-09-23.  
  12. ^ Alan Franks (2009-09-11). "Alison Balsom: 'don't compare me to Katherine Jenkins'". The Times (London). http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/proms/article6829402.ece. Retrieved 2009-09-23.  
  13. ^ Alison Hoyle (16 May 2009). "The triumph of the trumpet majorette who became a Classical Brit". The Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1183413/The-triumph-trumpet-majorette-Classical-Brit.html. Retrieved 17 July 2009.  

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Preceded by
Louis Langrée
Music Director, Glyndebourne on Tour
2004-2007
Succeeded by
Robin Ticciati
Preceded by
Paul Daniel
Music Director, English National Opera
2007-present
Succeeded by
incumbent
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