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Lawrence Foster, conductor


2012/13 marks the tenth and final season of Lawrence Foster’s tenure as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra. During his tenure, he and the orchestra have toured extensively with appearances at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest and the Kissinger Sommer Festival, as well as major tours to Germany (with Arcadi Volodos), Spain (with Angelika Kirschlager) and to numerous summer venues with Lang Lang.

Foster previously held Music Directorships with the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and the Aspen Music Festival and School. He was Music Director of Orchestre et Opéra National de Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon from 2009 – 2012.

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Be sure to hear Lawrence Foster’s 2013 Festival performances listed below

Sunday, August 4, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Mahler – Songs of a Wayfarer

Monday, August 5, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Mahler – Songs of a Wayfarer

2012/13 marks the tenth and final season of Lawrence Foster’s tenure as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra. During his tenure, he and the orchestra have toured extensively with appearances at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest and the Kissinger Sommer Festival, as well as major tours to Germany (with Arcadi Volodos), Spain (with Angelika Kirschlager) and to numerous summer venues with Lang Lang. Their discography together includes a number of recordings for PentaTone Classics. Following on from an annual tradition created by him to present an opera-in-concert, this season Lawrence Foster conducts Verdi’s Falstaff and Otello.

From 2012/13, Foster takes up the position of Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille with whom he will conduct two operas as well as a number of symphonic concerts each season. In January 2013, he will lead the inaugural concert of the festivities of Marseille-Provence 2013, when the city commences its year as one of the European capitals of culture.

Future performances as a guest conductor include appearances with Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España and Orchestre de Chambre de Paris (both with Ute Lemper), with Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Lucerne Festival (with Evgeny Kissin), Orchestre National de Lyon (with Radu Lupu), Orquestra Simfonica de Barcelona, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Houston Symphony (with Joshua Bell) and Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de São Paulo. He will also make return visits to NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Konzerthausorchester Berlin. He has been invited to take part in Krzysztof Penderecki’s 80th birthday celebrations in November 2013.

Lawrence Foster has worked with a number of major youth orchestras including the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, the Academy Orchestra of Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and the Australian Youth Orchestra. This season sees him conduct the Orchestra of the Conservatoire de Paris at the Cité de la Musique (with Patricia Petibon), as well as make a return visit to the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in August 2013.

Foster has conducted in major opera houses throughout the world. He works regularly at Hamburgische Staatsoper, with recent productions having included Der Freischütz, Carmen and Pique Dame and he will conduct The Cunning Little Vixen in the 2013/14 season. With Opéra de Marseille, productions this season include Massenet’s Cléopâtre and Berlioz’s Les Troyens, and further ahead, Falstaff and Der fliegende Holländer. Other highlights include Khovanschina for Oper Frankfurt and Rusalka for Opéra de Monte Carlo, as well as future productions for San Francisco Opera and Welsh National Opera.

Born in 1941 in Los Angeles to Romanian parents, Lawrence Foster has been a major champion of the music of Georg Enescu, serving as Artistic Director of the Georg Enescu Festival from 1998 to 2001. His latest Enescu recording – his own orchestration of the String Octet with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo for EMI – was released in spring 2009. In January 2003 he was decorated by the Romanian President for services to Romanian Music.

Foster previously held Music Directorships with the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and the Aspen Music Festival and School. He was Music Director of Orchestre et Opéra National de Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon from 2009 – 2012.