Chief Conductor and Music Director: NorrlandsOperan
Chief Conductor: Aalborg Symfoniorkester
A champion of new music, Rumon Gamba has given several high profile premieres including the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys at English National Opera, and Swedish premieres of Poul Ruders' Dancer in the Dark and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Blood on the Floor – both with NorrlandsOperan. He has also conducted the Icelandic premiere of Turnage’s Scherzoid (a co-commission with New York and London Philharmonic Orchestras) and the world premiere of Brett Dean’s Viola Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
With Norrlandsoperan, Rumon Gamba has also conducted an acclaimed productions of Otello and Carmen, and followed this with La bohème in spring 2013. On the back of their successful Schumann and Brahms cycle, 2012/13 will feature a Beethoven cycle as well as premieres of commissioned works by Fredrik Högberg and Marcus Fjellström. Gamba will also continue to implement his late night concerts specifically aimed for young adults, which have proven incredibly popular.
Prominent engagements have included concerts with Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchestre National de Belgique, Gothenburg Symphony and Gulbenkian orchestras. He records exclusively for Chandos Records.
"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)