CHIEF CONDUCTOR & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Alexander Briger studied in Sydney and Munich and won first prize at the “International Competition for Conductors” in the Czech Republic in 1993. He later worked closely with Sir Charles Mackerras and Pierre Boulez.
He performs regularly with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London (collaborating with such soloists as Maria Joao Pires and Murray Perahia) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, including their tour to China in 2004 and made his BBC Proms and Berlin Festival debuts with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Edinburgh Festival debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In August 2010 he founded the Australian World Orchestra, of which he is the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director.
Alexander’s 2012 engagements have included a hugely successful debut at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris conducting the Paris premiere of John Adams’s Nixon in China and shall be returning in 2013 for performances of Adams’ I was looking at the ceiling, then I saw the Sky and performances with the RTE Orchestra in Dublin. 2011 engagements included Carmen with State Opera of South Australia, a series of all Mozart concerts with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, concerts with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Australian World Orchestra, in their award-winning inaugural season at the Sydney Opera House. In 2010 he conducted Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opera Australia in Sydney and a series of concerts featuring excerpts from Wagner’s Ring Cycle with the Sydney Symphony.
He has also worked with the Orchestre de Paris, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester, Berlin, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Danish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Salzburg Mozarteum, Salzburg Camerata, Ensemble InterContemporain, Japanese Virtuoso Symphony, Monte Carlo Philharmonic and with the London Sinfonietta, collaborating with Peter Sellars and pianist Hélène Grimaud for the premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Lament Tate.
In Australia he has conducted the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, West Australian, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. His engagements for the Sydney Symphony also include “Meet the Music concerts” and performances of Isaac Nathan’s Don John of Austria, which was released on CD in 2010.
He made his debut with Opera Australia in 1998 conducting Jenufa, and his operatic work for OA has since included Madama Butterfly, Così fan tutte, The Cunning Little Vixen and The Marriage of Figaro. He has also conducted The Rape of Lucretia (Covent Garden), The Magic Flute (Glyndebourne), Rigoletto and The Makropulos Case (English National Opera), The Cunning Little Vixen (Aix-en-Provence), From the House of the Dead (Canadian Opera Company), The Tales of Hoffmann (Royal Danish Opera), The Bartered Bride (Royal Swedish Opera), Pique Dame (Komische Oper, Berlin), La bohème (State Opera of South Australia) and Bartók ballets (Opera du Rhin), as well as the premiere of Simon Holt’s Who put Bella in the Wych’elm (Aldeburgh Festival).
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor
Australian World Orchestra