Biography

British-born conductor Rumon Gamba held the positions of Principal Conductor and Music Director of NorrlandsOperan between 2008 and 2015 and Chief Conductor of the Aalborg Symfoniorkester between 2011 and 2015. He was also Chief Conductor and Music Director of Iceland Symphony Orchestra between 2002 and 2010. He regularly leads the BBC orchestras and has appeared at the BBC Proms on a number of occasions.

A champion of new music, Gamba has given several high profile premieres. Following his successful opera debut conducting Candide at English National Opera, he returned in spring 2011 for the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys. He has conducted national premieres of Poul Ruders’ Dancer in the Dark and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Blood on the Floor and Scherzoid, the world premiere of Brett Dean’s Viola Concerto with the composer and BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Australian premiere of the original version of Sibelius’ Symphony No.5 with Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Gamba works with orchestras including the Orquesta Nacionales de España, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi, WDR Rundfunkorchester, as well as the Residentie Orkest where last season he opened their Den Haag season and conducted a concert at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.

In celebration of Umeå’s status as European Capital of Culture 2014, he conducted NorrlandsOperan in an epic production of Elektra with La Fura dels Baus, as well as a large number of world premieres of works by Swedish composers including Kent Olofsson, B Tommy Andersson, Tobias Broström and Mats Larsson Gothe, each of which inspired by a Beethoven Symphony and accompanied by a performance of the full cycle. With NorrlandsOperan, he has also conducted also productions of Carmen, La bohème and Otello, and returns in 2015/16 season to conduct a new production of Rigoletto. With both NorrlandsOperan and Aalborg Symfoniorkester, Gamba continued his popular late night concerts aimed at young adults which he first introduced whilst at Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

As an exclusive recording artist for Chandos, Gamba’s projects include a series of D’Indy’s Orchestral Works with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra – the first of which was nominated for a Grammy Award. His most recent recordings include a disc of film music by Miklos Rozsa with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and several other award winning and Grammy-nominated CDs as part of his acclaimed Film Music series,

Having studied with Colin Metters at the Royal Academy of Music, Gamba became the first conducting student to receive the DipRAM. Subsequently he became Assistant and then Associate Conductor to the BBC Philharmonic, a post he held until 2002. The Royal Academy of Music recognised his contribution to music when they made him an Associate that same year.

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