Conductors

Anthony Negus

Anthony Negus | Conductor

Anthony Negus studied clarinet and piano at the Royal College of Music London, and after gaining a music degree at Oxford University, trained as repetiteur and conductor at the London Opera Centre. He took part in conducting courses with Franco Ferrara (Siena) and George Hurst. He derived much inspiration from the recordings of Toscanini, Furtwängler, Walter and Erich Kleiber, as well as the live experience of Klemperer, Boulez (with whom he later worked on Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande) and Rudolf Kempe (particularly in the orchestra pit at Bayreuth).

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Cristian Mandeal

Cristian Mandeal | Conductor

A student of Herbert von Karajan in Berlin and Sergiu Celibidache in Munich, Cristian Mandeal is considered to be the most important Romanian conductor nowadays, his activity extending without interruption over a period of four decades.

Between 1987 and 2009 Cristian Mandeal acted as Principal Conductor and General Music Director of the Bucharest Philharmonic and oversaw its rise as an orchestra on the international scene and leaving behind him a benchmark institution. Alongside the positions he has occupied in Romania, Cristian Mandeal has been Artistic Director of the Northern Israeli Orchestra, Haifa (1999–2002) and the Euskadi Symphony – Basque National Orchestra, San Sebastian (2001–2008), Permanent Conductor of the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento (2000–2003), Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra, Manchester (2005–2010—the first to hold this title in the 150-year history of the orchestra), the Belgrade Philharmonic (the 2006–2007 season), and the Copenhagen Philharmonic (2006–2013).

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Francesco Pasqualetti

Francesco Pasqualetti | Conductor

Francesco Pasqualetti studied Orchestral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, London with Sir Colin Davis and Colin Metters, at the Accademia Chigiana with Gianluigi Gelmetti and at the Accademia Musicale di Stresa with Gianandrea Noseda.
Maestro Gianandrea Noseda invited Francesco to conduct Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2 with the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, and in 2009 Francesco was invited to attend the LSO Discovery Scheme and had the chance to conduct Brahms Symphony No. 3 with the London Symphony Orchestra.

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John Gibbons

John Gibbons | Conductor

John Gibbons studied at Queens’ College, Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music winning numerous awards as a conductor, pianist and accompanist. He has conducted across the world, including the Spier Festival, Cape Town, the Crested Butte Festival in Colorado and the Romanian premiere of Walton’s First Symphony with the Georges Enescu Philharmonic. He has also given many world premieres including the Third Orchestral Set by Charles Ives, William Alwyn’s Violin Concerto, Martyr by Tarik O’Regan, Roxanna Panufnik’s Christmas Kompot and Malcolm Arnold’s opera The Dancing Master.

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Julian Clayton

Julian Clayton | Conductor

“Under Julian Clayton’s direction the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra was in full flow ….. a programme that hit the spot – slick, tuneful, bright and breezy, and well played to boot.” The Scotsman

Julian Clayton is one of the most dynamic and exciting British conductors on the concert platform today. His extensive repertoire of classical, opera, choral and ballet scores is complemented by his skills as a pops conductor and as a presenter and by his enviable reputation as a music educator.

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Matthew Willis

Matthew Willis | Conductor

Matthew Willis works with some of the world’s finest musicians, orchestras and choirs, and has built a reputation for passionate performances through an inspiring, scholarly approach. He has conducted the State Symphony Orchestra Novaya Rossiya, the Hamburg Simfoniker, Opera Holland Park, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Musica Viva Moscow, the Orquestra Simfonica del Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Northern Chamber Orchestra and the Academia Orquestra de Gran Teatre del Liceu.

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Stephen Higgins

Stephen Higgins | Conductor

Stephen Higgins is a conductor who has worked extensively in major opera houses and festivals both in the UK and abroad.

He spent his early professional career on the music staff of ROH, Glyndebourne and ENO and has worked on a wide variety of repertoire, ranging from Monteverdi, Mozart, Puccini, John Adams and Stephen Sondheim.

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