SIR JOHN ELIOT GARDINER
John Eliot Gardiner is one of the most versatile conductors of our time. Acknowledged as a key figure in the early music revival, he is the founder and artistic director of the Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Alongside the activities with his own ensembles, John Eliot Gardiner appears regularly as guest conductor with the most important European symphony orchestras, including the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras and the London Symphony Orchestra.
The extent of John Eliot Gardiner’s repertoire is illustrated in over 250 recordings made for major European record companies (principally Deutsche Grammophon and Philips
Classics), which have received numerous international awards. Over the years Gardiner has won more Gramophone awards than any other artist. Recordings include the six late masses by Haydn as well as the Santiago a Cappella CD, released on Emarcy to coincide with his Santiago Pilgrimage tour in summer 2004. Most recently he has released recordings of the Bach Cantatas from the Bach Pilgrimage tour of 2000, on his own record label Soli Deo Gloria. The first release was awarded Gramophone Record of the year in 2005.
Future opera engagements include his La Scala debut with ‘Katya Kabanova’ and return visits to the Royal Opera House for ‘La Finta Giardiniera’ and ‘Simon Boccanegra’. He will also continue his regular appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra and make guest appearances with the Czech Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony. During 2006 Gardiner has planned several Mozart Celebration programmes with the Monteverdi Choir, starting with an extensive tour of the East and West coast of North America. They will visit major European Summer Festivals including Salzburg, and finish Mozart Year with Opera Galas in London, Paris, Madrid and Pisa.
In 1987 John Eliot Gardiner received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Lyon, and in 1996 he was nominated Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 1992 he became an Honorary Fellow of both King's College, London, and the Royal Academy of Music. He received a knighthood in the 1998 Queen's Birthday Honours List