Gérard Korsten

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.

Gérard Korsten conducts London Mozart Players’ 25th Anniversary Concert

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...

Gérard Korsten’s debut at Hungarian State Opera with Don Pasquale

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,  ...

Gérard Korsten makes his debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin with La Traviata

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...

Gérard Korsten returns to the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and embarks on his final season as Music Director of London Mozart Players

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...

Gérard Korsten conducts Camerata Salzburg at the “Schubert in Gastein Festival”

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...

Gérard Korsten celebrates Polish music at the Bregenz Festival with Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg

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...

Gérard Korsten returns to Freiburg and visits South Africa

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... stream Gérard Korsten and Chamber Orchestra of Europe’s acclaimed new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Opera de Dijon

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...

Gérard Korsten returns to the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and debuts with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

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...

Gérard Korsten to conduct Chamber Orchestra of Europe in new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Opera de Dijon

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...

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“Because the acoustics allowed no wayward tempos, due to the sensitive conducting of Gérard Korsten and a small cast of six first and second violins and a cello section, miracle sounds were heard.”

Salzburger Nachrichten (Camerata Salzburg, Schubert in Gastein Festival) - Sep 2013

“Gérard Korsten‘s energetic and risky conducting carries away musicians and audiences alike, however, providing a safe haven simultaneously. Under such care, the orchestra presents itself unleashed in the final movement of the symphony.”

Vorarlberger Nachrichten (Martinu Symphony No 4 , Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg Bregenz) - Aug 2013

“The Musikkollegium was masterfully up to the difficulties of the piece (Xavier Dayer’s new work “Le temps entre deux minuits”) since the conductor Gérard Korsten led the orchestra in a very inspired and confident way.”

Landbote (Musikkollegium Winterthur) - Nov 2012

“It was amazing with how much commitment the Musikkollegium Winterthur performed Xavier Dayer’s latest work for the first time under the direction of Gérard Korsten. The sound of the strings especially was glowing in many nuances, rarely to be heard in Frank Martin’s late “Polyptyque” for solo violin and two small string orchestras.”

Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Musikkollegium Winterthur) - Nov 2012

“A highly refreshing ‘Hommage à Mozart’, historically informed and the conductor motivated the orchestra in giving a pleasing, fluent and studied interpretation which examined every minor tonality and every rhythmic playfulness.”

Wiesbadener Kurier (Hesse State Orchestra Wiesbaden) - Nov 2012

“The South African born and student of Sandor Vegh, Gerard Korsten, led his orchestra to a new musical peak of achievement through the performance of Bruckner’s Fourth. They provided a brilliant ending to the traditional Sunday afternoon matinee concerts with Detlev-Glanert-glamour and Anton-Bruckner-power.”

Vorarlberger Nachrichten (Vorarlberg Symphoniorchester Bregenz) - Aug 2012

“In the pit, Gérard Korsten’s conducting electrified the musicians at the Opera de Lyon”

Le Progrès (La Vie Parisienne at Opéra de Lyon ) Dec 2011 - Feb 2012

“The very lively conducting of Gérard Korsten brings in its wake, a top rate cast...Three hours of pleasure and an irreplaceable interpretation”

Diapason D'Or Award Le Nozze di Figaro (La Scala, 2006) Arthaus DVD - Jan 2012

“The impression of hyped-up energy was even more pronounced in the Beethoven symphony, where, in fairness, rhythmic drive is everything. Here the agile strings, alert woodwinds and pointed brass made a fully responsive team, with Korsten tapping the primal energies that make this masterpiece so exhilarating, no matter how many times one has heard it.  ”

The Chicago Tribune (Irish Chamber Orchestra US Tour) - Oct 2011

“Gerard Korsten showed an approach to the classical repertoire that was tight and urgent. The Eroica was driven with fire and energy.”

Irish Times (Irish Chamber Orchestra) - Sep 2009

“Maestro Gérard Korsten's conducting was brilliant, and the orchestra kept the tempi necessary to never let fun and verve move into the background.”

Arti e Spettacoli (La Fille du Régiment, Teatro Verdi, Trieste) - May 2009

“His truth-seeking mission closely reflects the aims of the production, revealing a high level of textural detail and musical-emotional characterisation. No single phrase is simply allowed to slip by, yet the overall effect remains visceral.”

The Stage (Così fan tutte, Glyndebourne Festival Opera) - Oct 2006

“The performance is beautifully held together by conductor Gérard Korsten, who brings a forward impetus to the music whenever he can, lingers on the lovely, melodic moments, and makes certain that Schubert's masterful orchestration is clear.”

Classics Today (Schubert: Alfonso und Estrella CD, Dynamic) - Aug 2004

“So we've got every right to be proud of our orchestra, this time performing under Principal Conductor Gérard Korsten, who directed with a steady hand but also with intense passion and sensitivity to the nuances of the music.”

Vorarlberger Nachrichten (Janecek, Szymanowski, Ravel) - Aug 2009

“At least there’s good news at the London Mozart Players - or there will be when the music director-designate, Gerard Korsten, gets stuck in next season. His concert at Croydon's Fairfield Halls last weekend was a statement of intent, and right from the start of Dvorak's Serenade for Strings he showed that he will be working the orchestra hard. No detail was overlooked..., as the South Africa-born conductor brought tautness and intensity to Dvorak's bracing tunes.”

The Telegraph - May 2010

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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, La Traviata and La Vie Parisienne), 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, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, 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 made his debuts with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He conducted a new production of Don Giovanni at Dijon Opera with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and returned to the BBC Scottish Symphony, Latvia National Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and SWR Sinfonieorchester Freiburg.

In the 2013/14 season Gérard Korsten makes his debuts with Deutsche Oper Berlin (La Traviata) and the Hungarian State Opera (Don Pasquale) and returns to Camerata Salzburg, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Padova e Veneto, Gavle Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony.  In his last season as Music Director of the London Mozart Players he performs final concerts in London and on tour to China.

April 2014