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Principal Conductor, Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg-Bregenz
Music Director, London Mozart Players
Gérard Korsten’s exceptionally high artistic standards and his particular knowledge of the ensemble are widely recognized among orchestras and opera houses worldwide. Former Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, he is particularly renowned for achieving distinct orchestral colours and stylish performances of the Classical repertoire as well as Italian opera.
He works regularly with Opéra national de Lyon, Glyndebourne Opera, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Kammerphilharmonie, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, London Mozart Players, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
25 Apr 2013
Gérard Korsten conducted the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in five performances of a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Opera de Dijon in March, the orchestra making a welcome...
28 Mar 2013
In April, Gérard Korsten returns to conduct two performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in a delightful all Mozart programme. He is joined by young and talented ICA...
07 Mar 2013
Gérard Korsten will conduct the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in five performances of a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Opera de Dijon between 22nd and 30th March, the...
04 Jan 2013
Gérard Korsten makes a welcome return to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at City Halls, Glasgow on 24th January, performing Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 4 Italien and is joined by...
05 Dec 2012
In anticipation of Britten’s centenary year, Gérard Korsten returns to conduct the London Mozart Players at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon on 13th December performing Britten’s Les Illuminations...
13 Nov 2012
Gérard Korsten returns to Sweden to conduct Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra on 18th November and he takes on Mahler’s epic 9th Symphony in joint...
13 Nov 2012
Gérard Korsten’s performance of a Xavier Dayers new commission, Frank Martin’s “Polyptyque” and Mozart’s “Posthorn-Serenade” receives critical acclaim:
“It was amazing with how...
06 Jul 2012
Gérard Korsten conducts Bruckner’s mighty Symphony No 4 in E flat major with the Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra on 12 August at the Festspielhaus as part of the 2012 summer festival in...
07 Mar 2012
Live on Radio 3 from the Anvil, Basingstoke, and as part of the BBC’s Music Nation weekend launching the nationwide countdown to the London 2012 Olympics, Gérard Korsten conducted the London...
25 Jan 2012
The DVD of Gérard Korsten’s Le Nozze di Figaro from La Scala (2006) has picked up a Diapason D’Or Award in Diapason magazine. The reviewer commented:
Landbote (Musikkollegium Winterthur) - Nov 2012
Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Musikkollegium Winterthur) - Nov 2012
Wiesbadener Kurier (Hesse State Orchestra Wiesbaden) - Nov 2012
Vorarlberger Nachrichten (Vorarlberg Symphoniorchester Bregenz) - Aug 2012
Le Progrès (La Vie Parisienne at Opéra de Lyon ) Dec 2011 - Feb 2012
Diapason D'Or Award Le Nozze di Figaro (La Scala, 2006) Arthaus DVD - Jan 2012
The Chicago Tribune (Irish Chamber Orchestra US Tour) - Oct 2011
Irish Times (Irish Chamber Orchestra) - Sep 2009
Arti e Spettacoli (La Fille du Régiment, Teatro Verdi, Trieste) - May 2009
The Stage (Così fan tutte, Glyndebourne Festival Opera) - Oct 2006
Classics Today (Schubert: Alfonso und Estrella CD, Dynamic) - Aug 2004
Vorarlberger Nachrichten (Janecek, Szymanowski, Ravel) - Aug 2009
The Telegraph - May 2010
Born in South Africa, Gérard Korsten began his career as a violinist after studying with Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute and with Sándor Végh in Salzburg. Following his studies in the US and Europe he became Concertmaster and Assistant Music Director of the Camerata Salzburg and later Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe from 1987-1996 when he left the COE to concentrate on conducting. Gérard Korsten is currently Music Director of the London Mozart Players and Principal Conductor of the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg Bregenz.
He held positions of Principal Conductor of the State Theatre in Pretoria and the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra before he was appointed Music Director of the Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari from 1999-2005. In Cagliari he conducted the first Italian performances of Richard Strauss’s Die ägyptische Helena, Weber’s Euryanthe, Delius’s A Village Romeo and Juliet and Schubert’s Alfonso und Estrella, as well as the productions of the core operatic repertoire including Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Lucia di Lammermoor, Carmen, Die Fledermaus, Tosca, Aïda, The Barber of Seville and Don Pasquale.
Gérard Korsten has appeared in the most notable opera houses and concert halls around Europe including Teatro La Scala Milan (Le nozze di Figaro), Maggio Musicale Florence (Così fan tutte), Teatro Reggio di Parma (La sonnambula), Teatro Lirico Verdi Trieste (Don Pasquale and La fille du régiment), Opéra de Lyon (Ariadne auf Naxos, Henze’s L’Upupa und der Triumph der Sohnesliebe, Siegfried and La Traviata), Royal Swedish Opera (Don Giovanni), Netherlands Opera (Così fan tutte), English National Opera (Aïda) and Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Albert Herring).
His past symphonic engagements have included concerts with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestre National de Lyon, Salzburg Mozarteum, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai Turin, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Swedish Radio Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon and Melbourne Symphony orchestras. CD recordings include Tchaikovsky’s Serenade and Souvenir de Florence with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe on Deutsche Grammophon. With Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari he has recorded CDs of Die ägyptische Helena and Euryanthe and DVDs of Alfonso und Estrella and Don Pasquale. His 2011 DVD of Le Nozze di Figaro (La Scala 2006) has been awarded a Diapason D’Or and was the Critic Choice in the Opera News in February 2012.
Last season Gérard Korsten toured with Irish Chamber Orchestra in the US and with the London Mozart Players in Spain. He returned to Opéra National de Lyon, conducting performances of Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne and he conducted concerts with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Megaron Camerata and Camerata Salzburg in both Vienna and Salzburg.
In the 2012/13 Gérard Korsten makes his debuts with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie in three concerts in Saabruecken, Kaiserlautern and Mainz and with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Australia. He conducts a new production of Don Giovanni at Dijon Opera with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and returns to the BBC Scottish Symphony, Latvia National Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and SWR Sinfonieorchester Freiburg among others.
Released by Opus Arte Media Productions
Blagoj Nacoski (tenor), Carlo Colombara (bass), Enrico Cossutta (tenor), Mariella Devia (soprano)
Orchestra & Chorus of the Teatro Lirico, Cagliari
Released on Dynamic, July 2008
Mei Eva (Estrella), Trost Rainer (Alfonso), Muff Alfred (Adolfo)
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari
Released on Dynamic, September 2004
Antonio Siragusa (tenor), Alessandro Corbelli (baritone), Eva Mei (soprano), Roberto De Candia (baritone), Giorgio Gatti (bass)
Orchestra & Chorus of the Teatro Lirico, Cagliari
Released on TDK, February 2004
Uppsala Chamber Orchestra
Released on Naxos, December 1999
Re-released on Marco Polo, July 2009