British conductor Rumon Gamba is Chief Conductor of the Oulu Symphony Orchestra, a post he has held since January 2022 and which was renewed until 2026, with an option to continue until 2028. Previous positions included Principal Conductor and Music Director of NorrlandsOperan (2008-2015); Chief Conductor of the Aalborg Symfoniorkester (2011-2015), and Chief Conductor and Music Director of Iceland Symphony Orchestra (2002-2010). He regularly leads the BBC orchestras and has appeared at the BBC Proms on a number of occasions.
A champion of new music, Gamba has conducted several high profile premieres including the world premieres of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys at English National Opera; Brett Dean’s Viola Concerto with the composer and BBC Symphony Orchestra; national premieres of Poul Ruders’ Dancer in the Dark and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Blood on the Floor and Scherzoid with Norrdlands Operan, and the Australian premiere of the original version of Sibelius’ Symphony No.5 with Queensland Symphony Orchestra. In 2016 he conducted Larsson Gothe’s The African Prophetess with the orchestra of Norrdlands Operan and Cape Town Opera Chorus as part of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestras’ composer week. In 2019, Gamba debuted with Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra to conduct a programme dedicated to the film composer Frédéric Devreese.
In addition to his projects with the Oulu Symphony Orchestra, Highlights of Gamba’s recent and future seasons include, a concert at the Aldeburgh Festival with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, a revival of Magic Flute for Oulu Opera, a ballet double bill for Helsinki Opera, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, Helsingborg Philharmonic, Romanian Radio Symphony, , Goteborgs Symfoniker, and WDR Funkhausorchester; a concert performance with Wermland Opera in Karlstad, and several concerts and recordings with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
Rumon Gamba has conducted a number of operatic titles, including Rigoletto at Scottish Opera, Carmen, La bohème, Otello and Candide. In celebration of Umeå’s status as European Capital of Culture 2014, he conducted NorrlandsOperan in an epic outdoor production of Elektra with La Fura dels Baus, which was critically acclaimed. Future projects include The Magic Flute with Oulu Opera and a ballet double bill with Finnish National Opera.
Gamba records exclusively for Chandos Records.
“The accounts of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales are wonderfully sensitive, the solo playing beautifully articulated, the structures perfectly brought out by Rumon Gamba.”
Guy Rickards, Gramophone, reviewing Ruth Gipps recording
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Selected video recordings