Antony Hermus is Principal Guest Conductor of the North Netherlands Orchestra, Artistic Advisor of the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands and was recently appointment Principal Guest Conductor of Opera North.
Having firmly established his symphonic career in his native Holland - where he regularly conducts all the major orchestras - Hermus has in recent seasons been increasingly sought-after elsewhere, appearing with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Danish National, Orchestre National Belgique, Suisse Romande, Melbourne Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic. He has a wide repertoire which also encompasses many living composers, and a particularly close relationship with Unsuk Chin, whose Piano Concerto he conducted with the Helsinki Philharmonic and Swedish Radio Symphony last season.
He has conducted extensively and throughout his career in opera houses across Europe, notably in Stuttgart, Strasbourg, Gothenburg, at the Komische Oper Berlin, the Opéra de Paris studio, Essen and the Nederlandse Reisopera. He was Music Director in Dessau from 2009, where he was nominated “Conductor of the Year” by Opernwelt for three years in succession, ending his tenure in summer 2015 with his first Ring cycle and promotion to Honorary Conductor. Before Dessau he had progressed from Repetiteur to Music Director (aged 29) in Hagen, winning many awards for his work there.
In Spring 2020 Hermus makes his English National Opera debut with a new production of Rusalka, taking it on tour to Luxembourg; he conducts another production of Rusalka in his second visit to the Opera du Rhin this Autumn; and returns to Opera North for Nozze de Figaro after a 5 star debut with Tosca last season. Symphonic highlights of 19/20 include Rachmaninov with the BBC Philharmonic; Wagner’s Ring: A Symphonic Adventure with the BBC Scottish; appearances in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Netherlands Philharmonic (the latter in the Concertgebouw’s Mahlerfest); and Mahler symphonies no.1 with the Strasbourg Philharmonic, 9 with the North Netherlands Orchestra and 6 with the Auckland Philharmonia.
In 2017 CPO released his much-praised recording with the Bamberg Symphony of tone poems by the Dutch Romantic composer Alphons Diepenbrock, following their recording together of works by Siegmund von Hausegger. His discography on the same label includes works by Wagenaar, Klughardt, and Auber’s opera La Muette de Portici.
Born in Holland, Antony Hermus started playing the piano at the age of six. He studied piano with Jacques de Tiège at the Tilburg Music Conservatory and conducting with Jac van Steen and Georg Fritzsch. He is Visiting Guest Professor at the Amsterdam Conservatoire.
"Hermus ratchets the tension up almost to breaking point and doesn’t let go. It’s compelling stuff, disquieting, creepy and exciting in equal measure."
Under Hermus the Bamberg Symphony is outstanding. The conductor depicts the characters with great clarity, keeps the ensemble tight and technically immaculate through all the complex layering, knows how to make one passage flow seamlessly into the next, and to cap it all, has an astonishingly intuitive feel for the way the modulations create tension and excitement.