Guide to Conductors

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Shizuoka City76th Subscription Concert

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Shizuoka Symphony Orchestra; Yasuo Shinozaki; Miwako Handa; Kazuko Nagai; Osamu Igarashi; Hiroaki Otsuka

BambergMendelssohn, Haydn

Mendelssohn, Haydn
Bamberger Symphoniker; Christoph Eschenbach; Pablo Ferrández
Ever wondered what a conductor's life is like? We've interviewed some of the world's top conductors to give you an insight. Undoubtedly, between musical rediscoveries, creating new ensembles and their educational projects, conductors are leading figures who shape the classical music stage today.
INTERVIEWS WITH CONDUCTORS

Full of natural bounce: Santtu-Matias Rouvali

Gothenburg Symphony's new Chief Conductor is young, Finnish and a bundle of restless energy. He doesn't eat before rehearsals, and tells the orchestra what he wants through motion more than words.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the Orchestre Métropolitain

Yannick Nézet-Séguin discusses the qualities of his Orchestre Métropolitain ahead of their big European tour. 

Ed Gardner: Bringing Bergen to the world

The conductor talks streaming and touring as he starts his third season with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra 

Creating the moment: Markus Stenz

Ahead of his live-streamed performance of Beethoven's Ninth with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, we caught up with conductor Markus Stenz. 

Sir John Eliot Gardiner on Monteverdi

Read our wide-ranging interview about Monteverdi's operas, their cultural context, performing them today and why they remain as contemporary and fresh as when they were written four centuries ago.

Interview with François-Xavier Roth

Ahead of Gürzenich Orchestra's live stream on 3rd October, we caught up with Chief Conductor François-Xavier Roth. 

A sense of theatre: Sir Antonio Pappano

Sir Antonio Pappano reflects on recent performances of Fidelio and Norma and how his Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia has evolved and the difficulties staging Verdi.

Paavo Järvi: Musical ambassador

Where is home for Paavi Järvi? The life of an international conductor consists of airports and hotel-hopping and Järvi’s passport is more well-travelled than most. 

Valery Gergiev: “I'm a relatively busy man”

Ahead of his appearance with the Munich Philharmonic at this year’s Prom 4, Valery Gergiev gave Bachtrack a wide-ranging interview, discussing the Mariinsky, Russian music, education and much more.

Sincerity itself: Semyon Bychkov on Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky has a special place in the heart of Russians. Semyon Bychkov caught the bug at an early age. In an interview, he reflects on what Tchaikovsky means to him, and the man behind the notes. 

Uniting through music: Q&A with Marin Alsop

Period instruments, Rusty Musicians and inspiring a new generation of female conductors: just a few topics touched upon in our interview. 

Witnessing history: Vladimir Ashkenazy

Before launching his series Voices of Revolution with the Philharmonia Orchestra to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Vladimir Ashkenazy recalls his experiences as a young Soviet pianist, his memories of Shostakovich and his witnessing history in the making.

Rolling his sleeves up: Ed Gardner in Bergen

As commutes go, London to Bergen has its attractions. Nearly a year into the post of chief conductor at the Bergen Philharmonic, Ed Gardner has a bounce in his step and exudes genuine enthusiasm for the job.

A Peruvian in Oslo: Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Norwegian Radio Orchestra Chief Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya talks to us about Brahms, Schumann, touring and playing Latin American music in Norway (and Grieg, of course).

From Brno to London: Jakub Hrůša

Last week, Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša was appointed as one of two new Principal Guest Conductors of the Philharmonia Orchestra from the 2017/18 season. Before the announcement, Jakub talked to us about his experience working with the orchestra thus far and about Smetana’s Má vlast which he conducts next season.
CONDUCTOR COMPETITIONS
Mahler Conducting Competition of Bamberg Symphony
Categories:
Conducting
Entry deadline:
Not yet open
Next competition: September 2019
Bamberg, Germany
Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition
Categories:
Conducting
Entry deadline:
Not yet open
Next competition: November 2018
London, England
Solti International Conducting Competition
Categories:
Conducting
First and second rounds:
1-10 October 2017
Third round and gala concert:
12-16 December 2017
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Rattle brings out the LSO's brilliance in Das Lied von der Erde

Rattle and the LSO give hundreds of moments of individual brilliance in this most symphonic of song cycles, but with both soloists giving grounds for reservation.
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Novel approaches to old favourites

Carlo Rizzi conducts The Hallé in a programme of inventive and thrilling approaches to Resoighi, Rachmaninov and Rossini at Bridgewater Hall.
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Xian Zhang thrills in Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev

Xian Zhang made her Los Angeles debut in a program of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev,and Chen Yi.
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Renaud Capuçon finds the tragedy in Shostakovich

The UK première of Shchedrin's Dialogues with Shostakovich was followed by powerful Shostakovich. 
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StockholmShostakovich Symphony No. 5

Shostakovich: Symphony no. 5 in D minor, Op.47
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo

StockholmRichard Strauss Tod und Verklärung (January 2015)

Strauss R.: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), Op.24
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo

BergenHaydn, The Creation

Haydn: The Creation (Die Schöpfung), Hob XXI:2
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner; Sarah Tynan; Robert Murray; Neal Davies; Edvard Grieg Choir

BergenKnut Vaage, Futuration

Vaage: Futurasjon
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner