"I've said it before and I'll say it again: watch him like a hawk"

Birmingham Post

Credit: Simon Annand

Credit: Simon Annand

Ben Gernon won the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductor’s Award in 2013 and soon after became a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A favourite already of many UK orchestras, Ben has worked with and continues to work regularly with nearly all the major British symphony and chamber orchestras, and has conducted twice at the BBC Proms, most recently in 2014 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on the occasion of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's 80th birthday. In Autumn 2017 he becomes the new Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, one of the youngest conductors to have held a titled position with a BBC orchestra. 

Outside of the UK, Ben looks forward to debuts this season with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras and the Stuttgart Staatstheater Orchestra, and several significant debuts in 17/18 to be announced soon. In the US, Ben made two major US debuts in Summer 2016: at the Hollywood Bowl with the LAPO and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival.  Following his debut with Milwaukee Symphony in 15/16 he made an immediate return there in 16/17 and this summer he looks forward to his debut with the Houston Symphony.  Further afield Ben has conducted the National Philhamonic of Russia and the New Japan and Nagoya Philharmonic orchestras. 

A keen opera conductor, Ben has conducted Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Salzburg Festival and in Autumn 2016 he made his debut with Glyndebourne Touring Opera conducting Don Giovanni. In Spring 2017 he makes his debut at Stuttgart Opera conducting The Marriage of Figaro and future plans include his debut with Royal Swedish Opera and return to Glyndebourne. 

Ben studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Sian Edwards, with whom he still works closely, and with Sir Colin Davis, who was a profoundly influential figure in Ben’s musical development.  In his spare time, Ben is a voracious reader and he enjoys practising yoga.

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