Lawrence Renes
Conductor

“The biggest share of praise, however, is due to conductor Lawrence Renes... the results are overwhelming.” (The Financial Times, January 2015)

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Linda Marks +44 (0)20 3725 9120
Iarlaith Carter +44 (0)20 3725 9162

Biography

 

 

Having conducted many of the world’s greatest orchestras and opera companies in recent seasons, Dutch-Maltese conductor Lawrence Renes was, until recently, Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Royal Swedish Opera. During his time there, productions included the Swedish premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, as well as Madama ButterflyIdomeneoThe Rite of SpringTristan und IsoldeDie WalkürePeter GrimesTurandotSalomeDer Rosenkavalier, and Jenůfa amongst others. 

A champion of John Adams, Renes has conducted productions of Nixon in China at San Francisco Opera and Doctor Atomic at both English National Opera and De Nederlandse Opera - the DVD of the latter was named as one of the Ten Best Classical Recordings of the Year for 2008 in The New Yorker. Renes has conducted Adams’ orchestral works with London, Oslo and Hong Kong philharmonic orchestras, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. 

 

 

Having conducted many of the world’s greatest orchestras and opera companies in recent seasons, Dutch-Maltese conductor Lawrence Renes was, until recently, Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Royal Swedish Opera. During his time there, productions included the Swedish premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, as well as Madama Butterfly, Idomeneo, The Rite of Spring, Tristan und Isolde, Die Walküre, Peter Grimes, Turandot, Salome, Der Rosenkavalier, and Jenůfa amongst others. 

A champion of John Adams, Renes has conducted productions of Nixon in China at San Francisco Opera and Doctor Atomic at both English National Opera and De Nederlandse Opera - the DVD of the latter was named as one of the Ten Best Classical Recordings of the Year for 2008 in The New Yorker. Renes has conducted Adams’ orchestral works with London, Oslo and Hong Kong philharmonic orchestras, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Recent and upcoming engagements include debuts with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK and Vancouver symphony orchestras, as well as returns to London Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Zealand and Melbourne symphony orchestras, and Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

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Linda Marks +44 (0)20 3725 9120
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Reviews

“Renes and the players gave the symphony a beautifully balanced performance, moving easily and convincingly from big, broad statements to light, delicate timbres, bringing the same clarity and meaning to interior lines and layers as they did to the piece's biggest moments. Renes led the orchestra through a fascinating rendition of the piece that included grand swells and ebbs, ensemble precision, [and] musical clarity.” (Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 2015)

“The biggest share of praise, however, is due to conductor Lawrence Renes, who kept the singers precisely in tension while bringing his orchestra to a level of precision and dynamism I’ve never heard them equal. As a result Benjamin’s score emerged in this intimate acoustic with a clarity and immediacy I found neither in Aix nor in London… the results are overwhelming.” 5 stars (Guy Dammann, The Financial Times, January 2015)

“In the Shostakovich symphony, where feverish tension plays so major a role, [Renes' beat] fired a brutish, trenchant response.” (Ken Walton, The Scotsman, May 2014)

“Renes and the players gave the symphony a beautifully balanced performance, moving easily and convincingly from big, broad statements to light, delicate timbres, bringing the same clarity and meaning to interior lines and layers as they did to the piece's biggest moments. Renes led the orchestra through a fascinating rendition of the piece that included grand swells and ebbs, ensemble precision, [and] musical clarity.” (Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 2015)

“The biggest share of praise, however, is due to conductor Lawrence Renes, who kept the singers precisely in tension while bringing his orchestra to a level of precision and dynamism I’ve never heard them equal. As a result Benjamin’s score emerged in this intimate acoustic with a clarity and immediacy I found neither in Aix nor in London… the results are overwhelming.” 5 stars (Guy Dammann, The Financial Times, January 2015)

“In the Shostakovich symphony, where feverish tension plays so major a role, [Renes' beat] fired a brutish, trenchant response.” (Ken Walton, The Scotsman, May 2014)

“Lawrence Renes draws a lustre and responsiveness as to confirm his rapport with musicians whose Chief Conductor he has been since 2012. One hopes he will be heard on disc with this orchestra again before long.” (Richard Whitehouse, International Record Review, February 2014)

“Under Lawrence Renes’ baton, the orchestra played as if possessed. Heroic, enduring strings and woodwinds made a convincing case for the music. Renes, in his local debut, conveyed power and authority” (San Francisco Examiner, June 2012)

"This second programme in the Philharmonic's new season saw conductor Lawrence Renes again in place of Edo de Waart - and standing tall following his direction of Rachmaninov's Second Symphony."

"There were several reasons for logging this performance in the memory bank, mainly the impression it gave of hearing the work for the first time. Coming in, unusually, at well under an hour, Renes wasn't for hanging about with indulgent speeds or living for each goose pimple, his solid overview of each of the four substantial movements requiring a melodic flow that was urgent but never manic." (South China Morning Post, September 2011)

"The Mahler…came off brilliantly. Sitting down to conduct, Renes was a chamber musician among colleagues, and the collective vigour and stylishness of the performance was like a superior account of, say, the Schubert Octet, but much more moving…The symphony, with its extraordinary ending, seemed freshly miraculous." (The Sunday Times, June 2011)

“It was an intelligently crafted and thought-provoking piece — given a fine performance here under the young Dutch conductor Lawrence Renes. And let’s see more of him! In Shostakovich’s massive Eighth Symphony he galvanised the BBC Symphony Orchestra into playing with palpable passion, flamboyance and driving energy." (The Times, April 2010)

“Playing the composer's 1890 revision of [Bruckner’s Eighth] symphony, Renes gave a performance of the monumental piece that brought energy and excitement not only to big, full orchestra moments, but small, delicate passages as well… This is a piece of stark contrasts, in which the soaring sound of the full orchestra often drops quickly to just a few instruments. Renes and the orchestra made those contrasts work with intense, interesting music-making in the piece's smallest moments, as well as in the grandest. Crescendos, often stretched over repeated phrases, and artful pauses, just the right length to let the previous chord decay in the hall while maintaining energy, were both part of this fascinating interpretation.” (Journal Sentinel, November 2009)

“No praise can be too high for the chorus work, still more that of the orchestra which, under Lawrence Renes, is forever powering towards, in Oppenheimer’s words “a brilliant luminescence”, trumpet-topped and grimly magnificent.” (The Independent, February 2009)

“Chris Alexander and Lawrence Renes, then, had much going in their favour. But they must still be warmly congratulated for welding their constituent elements into one of the most comprehensively moving and beautiful opera productions that I can remember experiencing.” (Seattle Times, October 2008)

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