Rumon Gamba
Conductor

“Rumon Gamba does the sensational score proud, right through to that final, glorious anthem of unfettered optimism.” (The Independent on English National Opera's Candide)

Contacts

Katie Cardell-Oliver +44 (0)20 3725 9149
Rose Hooks +44 (0)20 3725 9177

Biography

British-born conductor Rumon Gamba held the positions of Principal Conductor and MusicDirector 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 Köln, 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.

British-born conductor Rumon Gamba held the positions of Principal Conductor and MusicDirector 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 Köln, 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, 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 Umeå’s status as European Capital of Culture 2014, he conducted NorrlandsOperan in an epic production of Elektra in collaboration with La Fura dels Baus. He also led them in acclaimed productions of OtelloCarmen and La bohème, as well as a large number of world premieres of works by Swedish composers including Kent Olofsson, B Tommy Andersson and Tobias Broström. Gamba has also presented a number of these composers in concert with BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Gamba records exclusively for Chandos Records.

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Katie Cardell-Oliver +44 (0)20 3725 9149
Rose Hooks +44 (0)20 3725 9177

Reviews

“Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's Enigma Variations programme confirmed the English conductor's considerable reputation on the familiar territory of the Elgar classic… With the APO at its most responsive, Gamba detailed the opening theme with the finesse of a jeweller… The buoyancy of the opening variation, showing the composer's wife Alice, was life-enhancing.” (William Dart, New Zealand Herald, June 2015)

“[Gamba has] bags of character’... full of vitality and definition and in complete rapport with the orchestra, he always manages to bring out their very best… The poignant and dramatic programme suited him like a ring to a finger... The evening could be summed up thus: I cannot ever recall such richness and quality of sound.” (Diana Díaz, La Nueva España, April 2015)

“Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's Enigma Variations programme confirmed the English conductor's considerable reputation on the familiar territory of the Elgar classic… With the APO at its most responsive, Gamba detailed the opening theme with the finesse of a jeweller… The buoyancy of the opening variation, showing the composer's wife Alice, was life-enhancing.” (William Dart, New Zealand Herald, June 2015)

“[Gamba has] bags of character’... full of vitality and definition and in complete rapport with the orchestra, he always manages to bring out their very best… The poignant and dramatic programme suited him like a ring to a finger... The evening could be summed up thus: I cannot ever recall such richness and quality of sound.” (Diana Díaz, La Nueva España, April 2015)

“Rumon Gamba’s account [of Vaughan Williams' Symphony No.5] was incisive and urgent. Despite the temptation to dwell on Vaughan Williams’ gloriously mystical harmonies, Gamba kept things moving with energy and vigour… by the piece’s hushed conclusion, the RSNO and Gamba had delivered a fresh and striking vision of this highly moving piece.” (David Kettle, The Scotsman, November 2013)

“The British conductor communicates a special empathy with audience and music. He conducted, with his characteristic passion, a striking Shostakovich Fifth Symphony. Probably the best symphonic rendition this season.” (Ramón Avello, El Comercio de Asturias, June 2013)

“The performances [of D'Indy orchestral works], from the Iceland Symphony under Rumon Gamba, are faultless.” (Tim Ashley, The Guardian, April 2013)

“Thrillingly played with a tangible sense of pride in a job superbly done by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Rumon Gamba. … Gamba directs first-rate performances of these works, all of which are played with electrifying panache (the brass in particular impress throughout) and attentiveness by the BBC orchestra. … Unhesitatingly recommended.” (International Record Review, April 2012)

“Rumon Gamba’s hand was unshakable. Every detail in the score was prepared in advance and the orchestra played as if the symphony was a matter of life and death, as it actually was for Shostakovich himself. Gamba was able to focus the orchestra to its highest level from the opening movement’s experimental, hesitating introduction, to its parody of a military march, and finally as it slowly died away into emptiness... The orchestra played until sparks sprung over the edge of the stage; a big and full string sound was complimented by the fine woodwinds and the grandiose brass.” (6* Review - Nordyske, September 2011)

“The music flows abundantly, it is beautiful and Rumon Gamba encourages his orchestra to play with verve and drama, and the brass is particularly striking.” (Vasterbottens Folkbladet, February 2011)

“These are performances that mirror the music itself in their ultra-clear verve and colour.” (BBC Music Magazine, April 2010)

"Gamba led the orchestra with such a certainty and with the orchestra’s high-levelled standard, it was a fantastic performance." (Ongakunotomo Magazine, February 2010)

"The performances, with Rumon Gamba conducting the BBC Philharmonic, are terrific." (The Guardian, January 2010)

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