Edward Gardner, Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra since October 2015, has renewed his contract with the orchestra. The new contract commences on 1 August 2018 for a three year tenure. “We are delighted to be able to continue and develop our already highly successful partnership. Edward Gardner has added new dimensions to the orchestra’s repertoire and way of playing, and we are looking forward to new and exciting projects; concerts, international tours and recordings, in the future”, says CEO Bernt E. Bauge.
Since taking over as Chief Conductor in October 2015, at the end of the orchestra’s 250th anniversary, Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra’s relationship has flourished; performing Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder in December 2015, which was recorded by Chandos and released to great acclaim, receiving a Grammy nomination for their recording of Janáček's Glagolitic Mass, and performing concerts in Bergen both for the live audience and via the free online digital concert hall.
“I have been thrilled with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra from the very first time I worked with them.” says Gardner. “They have such a unique quality of sound and a passion and a hunger for new experiences and ways of making music. I am eager to further explore the symphonic repertoire with this great orchestra. I feel our relationship grows every time we make music together, and I look forward to developing that special rapport in the future.”
This month the orchestra and Edward Gardner will embark on their first UK tour together, performing five concerts in the UK. The programme will include Walton’s Symphony No.1, Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and Elgar’s Cello Concerto. The orchestra’s itinerary begins at Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden on Sunday 15 January and continues with dates at Symphony Hall, Birmingham (17 January), The Anvil, Basingstoke (18 January), City Hall, Sheffield (19 January) and Cadogan Hall, London (20 January). They will complete the tour with a performance at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam on Sunday 22 January.