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Lawrence Foster

The 2018/19 season marks Lawrence Foster’s sixth season as Music Director of l’Opéra de Marseille where he will conducts premieres of Gounod’s Faust and Verdi’s Rigoletto alongside concerts with L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille in repertoire ranging from Beethoven and Brahms, to Bartok and Kodaly to Bernstein, Penderecki and Johann Strauss. From the 2019/20 season he will become Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Designate of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Much in demand as a guest conductor the 2018/19 season sees Mr Foster make returns to Konzerthausorchester Berlin with whom he will take on tour to China as well as concerts in Berlin, Frankfurt Museumorchester, New Japan Philharmonic, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestre, Lucerne Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo and the Gulbenkian Orchestra.  In previous seasons he has collaborated with NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Hungarian National, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Czech Philharmonics, Montreal Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini of Parma amongst others.

Lawrence Foster has conducted in many major opera houses throughout the world – major highlights include performances and an EMI recording of Troilus and Cressida at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the first performance of Berg’s Lulu at Houston Opera, Enescu’s Oedipe at the Deutsche Oper which was also recorded for EMI, the opening performance of the newly created Los Angeles Opera with Placido Domingo and Sherill Milnes in Verdi’s Otello and John Neumeier’s production of West Side Story at Hamburg Opera. He conducted a concert version of Hindemith’s Mathis de Maler at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest described as an overwhelming success, as did performances of La Traviata at the Savonlinna Opera Festival. In the 2018/19 season he will return to Frankfurt Opera for performances of Le Nozze di Figaro

Lawrence Foster held a hugely successful ten-year tenure as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra and is now their Conductor Laureate. He toured extensively with the orchestra with leading soloists such as Lang Lang, Arcadi Volodos and Angelika Kirschlager to Germany, Spain, Brazil as well as festivals such as the Enescu in Bucharest and Kissinger Sommer.  Their discography together includes a number of recordings for Pentatone Classics including highly-acclaimed recordings of Verdi’s Otello, violin works by Bruch, Chausson and Korngold with Arabella Steinbacher and another featuring music by Bartok, Ligeti and Kodaly. Previously Mr Foster has held Music Directorships with the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Houston Symphony, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre et Opéra National de Montpellier and the Aspen Festival Music School.

In addition to the recordings with the Gulbenkian Orchestra Lawrence Foster has received praise for a number of recordings with Pentatone including the Four Symphonies by Schumann with the Czech Philharmonic, Strauss’ Zigeunerbaron with NDR Radiophilharmonic with whom he has also recorded Die Fledermaus for release in November 2018 and Martinu Double Concertos with Mari and Momo Kodama and Sarah and Deborah Nemtanu.

Born in Los Angeles to Romanian parents, Lawrence Foster has been a major champion of the music of Georg Enescu, serving as Artistic Director of the Georg Enescu Festival from 1998 to 2001.  Recordings have included his opera Oedipe for Warner Classics and his First and Second Symphonies for EMI, both with Orchestre Philharminque de Monte Carlo.  In 2003 he was decorated by the Romanian President for services to Romanian Music.