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Ben Gernon

Conductor
Principal Guest Conductor, BBC Philharmonic

Ben Gernon conducts Il barbiere di Siviglia with Glyndebourne on Tour

25 September 2017

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Ben Gernon returns to Glyndebourne Festival Opera this month to conduct Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia from 8 October 2017. Gernon conducts the opera at Glyndebourne throughout October, before leading it on tour to Canterbury, Norwich, Milton Keynes and Plymouth in November. Gernon made his debut at Glyndebourne last season with Mozart Don Giovanni.


Sandwiched between performances at Glyndebourne, Gernon also makes his debut with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in a performance at the Philharmonie on 18 October. The programme features Elgar In the South and Britten Four Sea Interludes as well as the Ginastera Harp Concerto performed by Agnes Clement and the world premiere of Luke Bedford Concerto for Orchestra and Saxophone Quartet performed by the Arcis Saxophone Quartet.

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Ben Gernon makes his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

28 July 2017

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Ben Gernon travels to Norway this month to make his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra on 11 August 2017. The performance takes place outside the 12th century Ringsaker Church as part of the Prøysen Festival, the orchestra's first appearance at the festival.


Gernon conducts the orchestra in an eclectic mix of repertoire that features music from Tchaikovsky Swan Lake and Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet as well as many Scandinavian favourites.


Continuing his run of Scandinavian debuts, Gernon then makes his debut with Royal Swedish Opera on 25 August. Gernon conducts performances of Mozart The Magic Flute throughout August and September. Earlier this year, Der Neue Merker said of his Marriage of Figaro performance at Stuttgart Opera:


"Gernon lets Mozart’s music be a classic in the best sense of the word. Its attraction comes through quite naturally in a fresh and balanced interpretation like this one."

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George Li & Ben Gernon debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra

16 June 2017

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George Li and Ben Gernon both end the month in Houston where they make their debuts with the Houston Symphony Orchestra on 30 June 2017. Appearing at Houston's Miller Outdoor Theatre, Gernon conducts the orchestra in a programme of Mendelssohn Symphony No.1 and Glinka Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila, with Li joining them to perform Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1.


Li's recent performances were met with high critical acclaim in the press:


"Under Li’s touch, Chopin’s exuberant composition exploded throughout the hall. Li revealed immediately why he is a rising star and a winner of international competitions. He plays with an animated style that fits the youthful Chopin’s work... Yet he revealed immediately..., his controlled, but expressive and delicate touch as he and the orchestra cast the spell of the contemplative movement, described by Chopin as a 'meditation in beautiful spring weather, but by moonlight.'"
Kansas City Metropolis, February 2017


Gernon recently made his debut at Oper Stuttgart, conducting Le nozze di Figaro to critical praise:


"Gernon lets Mozart’s music be a classic in the best sense of the word. Its attraction comes through quite naturally in a fresh and balanced interpretation like this one."
Der Neue Merkur, April 2017

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Ben Gernon makes his Vienna Symphony Orchestra debut

31 May 2017

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Ben Gernon makes his debut with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in a concert at the Museumsquartier in Vienna on 14 June.


He’ll conduct a varied programme with excerpts from operas including Bizet Carmen and R. Strauss Fledermaus, alongside some of the most popular dances from classical music: Offenbach ‘Can Can’ and Brahms Hungarian Dance No.5.


Gernon makes a second important debut later in June with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. He’ll also conduct the BBC Philharmonic at Bridgewater Hall on 10 June.

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Ben Gernon returns to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

20 April 2017

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Ben Gernon returns to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra this month to conduct two concerts on 4 and 6 May 2017 at Symphony Hall. Gernon and the orchestra are joined for the concerts by trumpeter Alison Balsom, who performs Haydn Trumpet Concert in E-flat major and Guy Barker Trumpet Concerto (Lantern of Light). Gernon also conducts Beethoven Symphony No.2 and Dvorák Symphony No.8.


A recent performance by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra of Beethoven Symphony No.3 in E-flat major, Op.55 'Eroica' conducted by Gernon received high acclaim in the press:


"Gernon knows how to give his musicians the freedom to do what they do best."
Arts Desk, February 2017

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Symphonic Cinema receives UK premiere from the BBC Symphony Orchestra & Ben Gernon

15 April 2017

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Sound Unbound at the Barbican Centre

Symphonic Cinema receives its UK debut on 29 April 2017, when the BBC Symphony Orchestra gives two performances of Stravinsky The Firebird at the Barbican Centre. Conducted by Intermusica's Ben Gernon, the performances are part of the Barbican's Sound Unbound festival, which aims to allow audiences to experience classical music in new and exciting ways.


Symphonic Cinema was created by Dutch film director Lucas van Woerkum, who uses customised software to cut the Symphonic Cinema Firebird visuals live on screen to fit with the orchestra's performance. 


Symphonic Cinema debuted in 2010, and in 2015 the first feature-length production (Stravinsky The Firebird) received five sell-out performances at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Symphonic Cinema made its Asian debut in October 2016 in a performance at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

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Ben Gernon makes debut with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

22 March 2017

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Berwaldhallen, Stockholm

Ben Gernon begins the month in Stockholm, where he conducts his debut concert with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Berwaldhallen on 5 April 2017.


Gernon conducts the orchestra in a contemporary programme that features Benjamin Staern Trumpet Concertino and Tansy Davies Streamlines as well as the world premiere of Andreas Zhibaj Viola Concerto, performed by Eriikka Nylund.


Gernon's other concerts this month include performances with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Oper Stuttgart and at the Barbican Centre's 'Sound Unbound' Festival with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

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Ben Gernon makes his debut with Staatsorchester Stuttgart

26 February 2017

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Ben Gernon makes his debut with the Staatsorchester Stuttgart at the Liederhalle on 12 and 13 March 2017, conducting a rich and varied programme of Britten Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes, Korngold Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4.


Gernon is a skilled conductor of Tchaikovsky, receiving critical acclaim for his interpretation of Symphony No.1 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra:


"Gernon and the orchestra concluded the symphony in triumphant style, even risking a daredevil accelerando in the final bars of Tchaikovsky’s resplendent coda.”
Bachtrack


"Ben Gernon’s conducting [was] worthy of comparison with Andris Nelsons’ white hot CBSO performance three years ago. Even the flamboyant Nelsons couldn’t match Gernon’s two-armed pectoral-clenching bodybuilder’s pose directed at the bass section, as he demanded even greater sonority from them in the finale. It worked!”
Birmingham Post 


He then makes his debut at Stuttgart Opera conducting Mozart Il nozze di Figaro on 28 March, conducting further performances on 31 March and 19 April.

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Ben Gernon & Narek Hakhnazaryan debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

17 February 2017

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Ben Gernon steps in to make his debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in two performances at the Konserthuset on 22 and 23 February 2017. Joining him for these concerts is Narek Hakhnazaryan, who is also performing with the orchestra for the first time.


The programme opens with Kaija Saariaho Ciel d'hiver and also features Mendelssohn Symphony No.1 and Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1, which Hakhnazaryan performed to "thrilling" (Salt Lake Tribune) effect in his debut with the Utah Symphony earlier in the month. 


The concerts in Stockholm are just the first in a series of debuts for Gernon over the coming months: in March he conducts the Swedish Radio Symphony for the first time, and then in Stuttgart he makes debuts with the Staatstheater Stuttgart and Stuttgart Opera, where he conducts Mozart Il nozze di Figaro.

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Ben Gernon is announced as Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic

31 January 2017

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Ben Gernon will take up the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in autumn 2017, one of the youngest conductors to have held a titled position with a BBC orchestra.


Since working with the BBC Philharmonic for the first time in 2014, Gernon has built a strong and vibrant relationship with the orchestra in a wide range of projects and programmes across the North of England. As Principal Guest Conductor, Gernon will conduct the orchestra in a number of concerts each year, at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and elsewhere, in both core and contemporary repertoire. Gernon will also be an integral part of exciting new developments in the digital and educational fields, areas to which he is deeply committed.


Reactions from Alan Davey, Simon Webb and Ben Gernon:


Alan Davey, Controller, BBC Radio 3, BBC Proms and BBC Orchestras & Choirs, says: “Ben Gernon is an exciting conductor who has been making waves both in the UK and internationally and his musical connection with the BBC Philharmonic has been clear to see through their concerts together. I’m looking forward to watching their relationship continue to grow as Ben takes up this important new role and hope that audiences enjoy this first run of concerts together, whether in person in Manchester or Nottingham or through our live Radio 3 broadcasts.”


Simon Webb, General Manager, BBC Philharmonic: “The decision to appoint Ben Gernon is based on the unanimously positive reaction of the orchestra to his style of conducting, his spontaneity, and his natural communication with both the orchestra and our audiences. Ben has already performed a wide range of repertoire with the BBC Philharmonic, ranging from core classical works to the UK premiere of Thomas Larcher’s Ouroboros, and has delighted audiences in many of our regular venues across the North of England over the last two years. His passion for new music, for reaching new audiences, and for exploring the new technologies being developed by the BBC, coupled with his brilliance as a conductor, make him the perfect match for the BBC Philharmonic’s bold and adventurous music-making.”


Ben Gernon: “Over the last two years of working with this extraordinary orchestra, we have built an exhilarating and rewarding artistic partnership. A combination of the orchestra's world-class musicians and their contagious passion and love of music, makes for an electrifying live experience of the BBC Philharmonic. It is a real privilege for me to take up my first titled position as the BBC Philharmonic’s Principal Guest Conductor, and it is with admiration that I look forward to our future seasons together.”


Gernon is conducting the BBC Philharmonic this week in concerts at MediaCityUK, Salford, in Nottingham and at The Bridgewater Hall, with live BBC Radio 3 broadcasts on Tuesday 31 January, at 14.00, and Friday 3 February at 19.30. See the complete details below:


Monday 30 Jan, 16:20: Beethoven: Symphony No 6 in F major 'Pastoral'  


Tuesday 31 Jan, 14:00: Live concert at MediaCityUK


Friday 3 Feb, 15:40: Mendelssohn Overture: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage


Friday 3 Feb, 19:30: live broadcast of concert with Ben Grosvenor in Nottingham 


Visit Gernon's new website for more information.

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Ben Gernon returns to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for Viennese Gala concerts

23 December 2016

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Ben Gernon begins the new year with a return to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducting a programme of Viennese music at venues across Scotland, beginning at Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline on 6 January 2017. Gernon and the orchestra are joined by soprano Jennifer France for a programme featuring the works of Johan and Richard Strauss, Lehár and Mascagni.


Gernon and the orchestra then continue on to Langholm, Perth and Inverness before ending their tour at Albert Halls in Stirling on 11 January.

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Ben Gernon steps in to conduct Het Gelders Orkest

24 August 2016

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Ben Gernon steps in to conduct the Het Gelders Orkest with soloist Michael Foyle and concerts on 2, 3 and 4 September 2016.


The orchestra will perform pieces by Mascagni, Saint-Saens, Verdi, Grieg and Debussy and the performances take place in open-air theatres.  

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Ben Gernon joins Intermusica for worldwide management

21 July 2016

We are delighted to announce that the outstanding young British conductor Ben Gernon has joined Intermusica for general management.


Since winning the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductor’s Award in 2013 Gernon has conducted extensively across the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA. Praised repeatedly for his natural authority on the podium, his effortless command of the orchestra and his incisive, heart-felt and evocative interpretations, Gernon has already, at the age of 27, built several close and ongoing relationships with orchestras either side of the Atlantic.


Gernon, a Dudamel fellow with the LA Philharmonic in the 2013/14 season, now looks forward to two major US debuts in the coming weeks: with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia on 23 July and at the Hollywood Bowl on 4 August conducting the LA Philharmonic.


Highlights of his 2016/17 season elsewhere include his debut with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and, in the pit, Don Giovanni with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and The Marriage of Figaro at Stuttgart Opera. He will return to the City of Birmingham Symphony, BBC Philharmonic and Royal Scottish National orchestras.


Watch Gernon conduct an excerpt from Tchaikovsky Symphony No.1 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra below:

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Ben Gernon: Major US debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & at the Hollywood Bowl

12 July 2016

Ben Gernon travels to the United States this summer for two major debuts: first with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia Festival on 26 July, followed by his Hollywood Bowl debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on 4 August. Both programmes feature Stravinsky Firebird, Debussy La Mer and Britten Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes.


Gernon was a Dudamel Fellow with the LA Philharmonic in 2013/14. During his time with the orchestra, Gernon assisted on a variety of projects and conducted their Symphonies for Schools concerts in multi-media enhanced performances of Vivaldi The Four Seasons and Tchaikovsky Symphony No.1 and the Nutcracker Suite. Click here to watch interviews with Gernon from previous visits to Ravinia Festival and the LA Phil.

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Intermusica represents Ben Gernon worldwide

Leyla Güneş
Associate Director
+44 20 7608 9927
lgunes@intermusica.co.uk

Juliane Renz
Assistant Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9919
jrenz@intermusica.co.uk

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