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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.
09 Mar 2015
Gérard Korsten conducts an all-Mozart programme in Tokyo, with Italian soprano, Eva Mei. The Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Tokyo will perform two Mozart Symphonies: No. 35, the Haffner...
08 Jan 2015
Gérard Korsten returns to Opéra de Lyon to conduct eight performances of Mozart’s opera Idomeneo between January 23rd and February 6th. He will be working with...
16 Dec 2014
Gérard Korsten conducts the opening concert of the magnificent new Montforthaus cultural and convention centre in Feldkirch, Austria on January 2nd 2015. The programme, performed by the...
20 Nov 2014
Gérard Korsten conducts the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg in a varied programme of works by Fuchs, Breinschmid, Ravel and Poulenc on November 20th and 23rd at the...
27 Oct 2014
Gérard Korsten returns to Australia in November, to conduct the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in a programme of works by Brahms, Haydn and Kodály. The concert, entitled 'Hungarian Dances...
16 Oct 2014
Gérard Korsten returns to Sweden on October 23rd to conduct his former orchestra, the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra. The concert is entitled Spirituality and Peace, an apt theme in...
08 Sep 2014
Gérard Korsten conducts the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra on September 17th at the Helsingborg Konserthus, in a special lecture-concert focusing on Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, the ‘...
31 Jul 2014
Gérard Korsten returns to the Bregenzer Festspiele this month to conduct the Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra in opera and concerts. The double bill of Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol, based on...
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...
The Telegraph, Ivan Hewitt (Beethoven Symphony No. 2, London Mozart Players) - May 2014
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 CDs 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’s 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