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BIOGRAPHY

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. Last season they gave the world premiere of Fredrik Högberg’s Ice Concerto – a work in which interactive digital media is a core part of the performance. Gamba has also conducted the Icelandic premiere of Turnage’s Scherzoid (a co-commission with the New York Philharmonic and London Philharmonic Orchestra) and the world premiere of Brett Dean’s Viola Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. 

In celebration of Umeå’s status as European Capital of Culture 2014, Rumon Gamba will conduct a large number of world premieres with NorrlandsOperan of works by Swedish composers alongside a cycle of Beethoven Symphonies. This follows the recent success of both a Schumann and a Brahms cycle. With NorrlandsOperan, Rumon Gamba has also conducted acclaimed productions of Otello, Carmen and La bohème, and Summer 2014 will see a production of Elektra.

With Aalborg Symfoniorkester, 2013/14 features the opening of their new concert hall, the House of Music, and following on from the success of Britten’s War Requiem at the end of last season, they close the 2013/14 season with Verdi’s Requiem. With both orchestras, Gamba continues implementing his late night concerts specifically aimed at young adults, which have proved extremely popular.

Current guest conducting engagements include Residentie Orkest, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Berner Symphonieorchester, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and Sinfonieorchester Basel.

Rumon Gamba records exclusively for Chandos Records.

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REVIEWS

"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)