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Guest Musicians 2017

Rumon Gamba

Conductor

British-born conductor Rumon Gamba held the positions of Principal Conductorand Music Director of NorrlandsOperan between 2008 and 2015 and Chief Conductor of the Aalborg Symfoniorkester between 2011 and 2015. He was also Chief Conductor and Music Director of Iceland Symphony Orchestra between 2002 and 2010. Rumon Gamba’s forthcoming engagements include concerts with the BBC, Helsingborg, and Kristiansand Symphony orchestras, WDR Rundfunkorchester K.ln, and AMG Basel. He will also return to NorrlandsOperan for a new production of Rigoletto and he will conduct the orchestra on tour as part of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual composer weekend to perform Mats Larsson Gothe’s Symphony No.2.

A champion of new music, Mr Gamba has conducted several high profile premieres including the first performances of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys at English National Opera and the Swedish premieres of Poul Ruders’ Dancer in the Dark and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Blood on the Floor – both with NorrlandsOperan.

In celebration of Ume.’s status as European Capital of Culture 2014, Mr Gamba conducted NorrlandsOperan in an epic production of Elektra in collaboration with La Fura dels Baus. He also led them in acclaimed productions of Otello, Carmen and La boh.me, as well as a large number of world premieres of works by Swedish composers including Kent Olofsson, B Tommy Andersson and Tobias Brosm. Rumon Gamba has also presented a number of these composers in concert with BBC Symphony Orchestra.

As an exclusive recording artist for Chandos, Mr Gamba’s projects include a series of D’Indy’s Orchestral Works with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra – the first of which was nominated for a Grammy Award. His most recent recordings include a disc of film music by Miklos Rozsa with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and several other award winning and Grammynominated CDs as part of his acclaimed Film Music series.

Having studied with Colin Metters at the Royal Academy of Music, Rumon Gamba became the first conducting student to receive the DipRAM. Subsequently he became Assistant and then Associate Conductor to the BBC Philharmonic, a post he held until 2002. The Royal Academy of Music recognised his contribution to music when they made him an Associate that same year.

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