Edward Gardner

Edward Gardner (b. 1974) – English conductor, a performer and popularizer of Witold Lutosławski’s music, laureate of the Year of Lutosławski Medal.

He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and Royal College of Music. For three years he was Mark Elder’s assistant in the Hallé orchestra, later musical director of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera and the English National Opera. He collaborates regularly with many outstanding symphony orchestras, including the Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Bamberg Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony.

Polish music became for him a great passion, connected above all to the music of Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutosławski. For several years he has been recording the symphonic music of both composers with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, for Chandos Records (until October 2013, the label released five CDs with Lutosławski’s works). One review of the discs with Lutosławski’s music reads in part: “Gardner’s recordings for Chandos are unequalled in the well-balanced, high-level performance and interpretive coherence” (Michał Mendyk, Ruch Muzyczny, no. 16-17, 2013).

On October 2013, Edward Gardner received a Year of Lutosławski Medal, accorded for outstanding contributions in the dissemination of the composer’s music and knowledge about his person.

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