News: <br/>Oslo Philharmonic debut

Oslo Philharmonic debut

Ben makes his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic on 11 August. The performance takes place outside the 12th-century Ringsaker Church as part of the Prøysen Festival and will be the Oslo Philharmonic’s first appearance here. Ben will conduct the orchestra in an eclectic mix of repertoire including music from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet as well as many Scandinavian favourites.

Continuing his run of Scandinavian debuts, Ben then makes his debut with Royal Swedish Opera, conducting Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with performances in 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."

News: <br/>BBC Philharmonic 2017/18 season announced

BBC Philharmonic 2017/18 season announced

The BBC Philharmonic has announced its 2017/18 season at Bridgewater Hall, featuring Ben in two concerts. His programmes will include Mahler’s Symphony No.1, arguably one of the most important symphonic works of the 19th century and Beethoven’s Symphony No.7. Ben will be joined by two eminent soloists – Richard Goode, for Mozart’s Piano Concerto K466, and Stefan Dohr, the Berlin Philharmonic’s Solo Horn, to play concerti by Stefan Rihm and Mozart (K417).  Ben will conduct the orchestra in other concerts throughout the season, including in Leeds in January for Brahms’s Symphony No.2, when he will be joined by Louis Schwizgebel as soloist for Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto. 

As Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, Gernon is one of the youngest conductors ever to have held a titled position with a BBC orchestra.

News: <br/>Debut with Houston Symphony Orchestra

Debut with Houston Symphony Orchestra

Ben returns to the US to make his debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra on 30 June. 

Performing to an audience of over 6,000 at the Miller Outdoor Theatre, Ben will be joined by George Li for Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.

Afterwards, he conducts Mendelssohn’s lesser-known First Symphony, written when the composer was just 15 years old. A favourite of Ben’s, this symphony featured in his debut performance with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic earlier this year and he takes it to the Czech Philharmonic this coming October.

News: <br/>Vienna Symphony Orchestra debut

Vienna Symphony Orchestra debut

Ben 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.

Ben 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.

News: <br/>returns to conduct City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

returns to conduct City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Ben returns to conduct the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra this month with concerts on 4 and 6 May at Symphony Hall.

The programme features Beethoven Symphony No.2, Haydn Trumpet Concerto, Guy Barker Trumpet Concerto (Lantern of Light), with Alison Balsom on the trumpet and Dvorák Symphony No.8.

A recent performance by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra of Beethoven Symphony No.3 'Eroica' conducted by Ben received high acclaim in the press:

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

News:<br/>BBC Symphony Orchestra Symphonic Cinema performances

BBC Symphony Orchestra Symphonic Cinema performances

Ben conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in two Symphonic Cinema performances of Stravinsky The Firebird at the Barbican Centre on 29 April. These performances mark Ben's first public performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London. 

Symphonic Cinema is an innovative approach to classical music performance where the stories of masterpieces like The Firebird are brought to life with film, with a live orchestral performance. The film is synchronised in real-time to the performance, as director Lucas van Woerkum follows the conductor and orchestra's interpretation, matching tempi and dynamics. The concerts are part of the Barbican Centre’s Sound Unbound festival, which celebrates artists and composers pushing the boundaries of what classical music means today.  

Ben looks forward to conducting the orchestra in a main season concert at the Barbican on 7 November.

News: <br> Major US debuts

Major US debuts

Ben Gernon makes his debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and at the Hollywood Bowl.