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CHIEF CONDUCTOR & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

ALEXANDER BRIGER AO

BIOGRAPHY

Australian/Russian conductor, Alexander Briger, is one of Australia’s preeminent conductors, having worked with Maestros Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Pierre Boulez and Sir Charles Mackerras.

Awarded the Order of Australia for “services to music as a leading conductor” in 2016, he is considered an opera specialist, having conducted at such houses as the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, ENO, Glyndebourne Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Théâtre du Châtelet, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Komischeoper, Berlin, Canadian Opera Company and Opera Australia, to name a few. He is also a specialist in the works of Janáček (having conducted all his major works), Mozart and contemporary music and has premiered works by composers such as Arvo Pärt, Bruno Mantovani and Mark Anthony Turnage.

He has performed regularly with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London (collaborating with such soloists as Alfred Brendel, 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 (following a recommendation from Sir Simon Rattle) and Edinburgh Festival debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

In 2010, he founded the Australian World Orchestra, of which he is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, and in 2011 conducted their award-winning inaugural season at the Sydney Opera House with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, which was subsequently released on Deutsche Grammophon, as well as leading the orchestra on a tour of Sydney and Singapore in 2016 and India in 2018.

Alexander’s recent engagements have included performances of Stravinsky’s Petrouschka and Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, Brahms’s 1st Symphony and Schubert’s 9th Symphony with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv and Haifa, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Toulon Opera, France, Jay Reise’s Rasputin for the Helikon Opera, Moscow, concerts with the Orchestra of the Teatro San Carlo, Naples and John Adams’ I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky with the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, following a hugely successful debut at the same theatre in 2012 conducting the Paris premiere of Adams’ Nixon in China.

He has also worked with such orchestras as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble InterContemporain, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Paris Chamber Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester, Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Danish Symphony Orchestra, Salzburg Mozarteum, Japanese Virtuoso Symphony and with the London Sinfonietta, collaborating with Peter Sellars and pianist Hélène Grimaud for the premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Lament Tate.

In his native Australia, he has conducted all the major symphony orchestras and made his debut with Opera Australia in 1998 conducting Janacek’s Jenůfa. His operatic work for Opera Australia has since included La Traviata, Madama ButterflyLa Bohème, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Cunning Little Vixen and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 

He has also conducted The Rape of Lucretia (Covent Garden), Die Zauberflöte (Glyndebourne Festival), Rigoletto and The Makropulos Case (English National Opera), The Cunning Little Vixen (Aix-en-Provence Festival), 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), Káťa Kabanova (Toulon Opera) etc.

 

Future engagements include Jenufa with the Montreal Opera, The Turn of the Screw at the Paris Philharmonie, concerts with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Moscow, and returns to the Naples San Carlo Opera and Opera Australia.

Alexander Briger AO
Artistic Director & Chief Conductor
Australian World Orchestra