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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.
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...
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...
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
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.
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