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Principal Conductor, Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg-Bregenz
A renowned Mozartian, Gérard Korsten is highly regarded for his distinguished performances of Classical repertoire and Italian opera. Former Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, his exceptionally high artistic standards and particular knowledge of the ensemble as well as expertise in achieving distinct orchestral colours are recognized among orchestras and opera houses worldwide.
He works with Opéra national de Lyon, Deutsche Oper Berlin, La Scala Milan, Glyndebourne Opera, Bregenz Festival, Hungarian State Opera, Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, London Mozart Players, Leipzig Gewandhaus, BBC Scottish Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
12 May 2014
Gérard Korsten embarks on a tour of China with the London Mozart Players on May 19th, performing in Wuhan, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing. The all-Mozart programme includes Symphony No. 38,...
02 May 2014
Gérard Korsten returns to Sweden to conduct the Gävle Symfoniorkester at the Gävle Konserthus on Friday May 9th. The programme includes Farrenc Overture No. 2, Schumann Symphony No.2 and the...
20 Mar 2014
In the presence of HRH Earl of Wessex, London Mozart Players’ patron, Gérard Korsten conducts a celebratory concert for the 25th Anniversary of LMP as resident orchestra at Fairfield...
22 Jan 2014
Gérard Korsten makes his debut on 18th January with six performance of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at Hungarian State Opera, Budapest.
Further performance are on 21, 23, ...
09 Oct 2013
Making his debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Gérard Korsten conducts six performances of Verdi’s tragic opera La Traviata from 20th October. Götz Friedrich’s production has Dinara Alieva...
24 Sep 2013
Gérard Korsten returns to perform two concerts with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra at Orebro next week with a programme of Jörgen Dafgard’s Symphony No 1, two Haydn works, his Scena de...
27 Aug 2013
Returning to conduct Camerata Salzburg, Gérard Korsten performs two important concerts with the orchestra in the cultural festival "Schubert in Gastein", a tribute to Franz Schubert’s close...
13 Aug 2013
Gérard Korsten continues a tradition of showcasing Polish music at the prestigious Bregenz festival this week. Last night with the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg he celebrated the centenary of the...
10 Jun 2013
Gérard Korsten has returned to Freiburg this week to conduct SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg. He conducted a programme of Satie’s Jack in the Box and...
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...
Salzburger Nachrichten (Camerata Salzburg, Schubert in Gastein Festival) - Sep 2013
Vorarlberger Nachrichten (Martinu Symphony No 4 , Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg Bregenz) - Aug 2013
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
Gérard Korsten is Principal Conductor of the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg Bregenz. Born in South Africa, he 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.
Korsten 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. In 2009 he was appointed Music Director of the London Mozart Players, the position he relinquished at the end of last season.
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, La Traviata and La Vie Parisienne), Royal Swedish Opera (Don Giovanni), Netherlands Opera (Così fan tutte), English National Opera (Aïda), Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Albert Herring) and the Lincoln Centre New York.
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, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Swedish Radio Symphony, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.
Gérard Korsten’s recordings feature CD of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade and Souvenir de Florence with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe on Deutsche Grammophon, Die ägyptische Helena and Euryanthe and DVDs of Alfonso und Estrella and Don Pasquale with the Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari. His 2011 DVD recording of Le Nozze di Figaro at La Scala has been awarded a Diapason D’Or and was Critic Choice in the Opera News.
Recent highlights have included debuts with the Deutsche Oper Berlin (La Traviata) and the Hungarian State Opera (Don Pasquale), BBC Scottish Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and returns to Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Camerata Salzburg, Gavle Symphony, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the London Mozart Players on tour in China.
In the 2014/15 season Gérard Korsten brings Vorarlberg Symphoniorchester Bregenz to Vienna Musikverein and returns to Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and to Lyon Opera for a new production of Idomeneo.
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