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Edward Gardner named Honorary Conductor of Bergen Philharmonic

Edward Gardner named Honorary Conductor of Bergen Philharmonic after nine  years as Chief Conductor

Edward Gardner ended his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra this week as he closed the Bergen International Festival with Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 Symphony of a Thousand. The concerts served as a finale to his nine years in the position, with two additional years as Principal Guest Conductor from 2013. The orchestra this week announced that their collaboration will continue, with Gardner being named Honorary Conductor.

Edward Gardner kicked off his final season as Chief Conductor in September with Mahler’s Symphony No.1, which was on the programme for his inaugural concert in 2015. He has led the orchestra in more than 200 concerts, as well as on a series of international tours and on 22 critically acclaimed recordings, including their award-winning Peter Grimes, which went on to win Gramophone’s Record of the Year and Opera of the Year, having previously been named one of The Times’ Records of the Year.