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Edward Gardner extends contract with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra until 2023

10:36, 6th September 2019

Edward Gardner (pictured) will extend his contract with the Bergen Philharmonic by two years, until the summer of 2023.

The orchestra’s CEO Bernt E Bauge said that he was ‘thrilled’ by the extension. ‘Edward has been a great success for us,’ he added. ‘As chief conductor he has, to a remarkable extent, developed the orchestra’s repertoire, artistic level and profile, which has opened up enhanced listening experiences for a greater audience.

‘The fact that his engagement now is extended until 2023 gives us security and great potential for further growth. The fact that Bergen’s and Norway’s foremost arts benefactor, Mr Trond Mohn, also understands the importance of this by supporting the re-engagement, says a lot about the pivotal position the orchestra enjoys in Bergen and in the musical life of Norway.’

Edward Gardner said: ‘I’m thrilled to have renewed my contract in Bergen. I come for each new project with renewed energy and enthusiasm and I find the trust and commitment of the orchestra and choruses grows every week. I feel with our concerts here, tours and recordings we are in the middle of very important work, and I’m so happy we can plan far into the distance.’

In November, Gardner and the orchestra will return to Britten’s Peter Grimes, with semi-staged performances in Bergen’s Grieg Hall, Oslo Opera House and, for the first time, in London’s Royal Festival Hall. The opera will also be recorded in Bergen for a Chandos release in 2020.



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