British conductor Rumon Gamba has been appointed Chief Conductor of Oulu Symphony Orchestra, beginning in January 2022. He has held the positions of 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.
Highlights of Gamba’s 2019/20 season include conducting Francesco Tristano’s Island Nation project with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducting the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Gamba also returns to Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Oulu Symphony, Romanian Radio Symphony, Macedonian Philharmonic, and RTE National Symphony orchestras.
Rumon Gamba has conducted a number of operatic titles including Carmen, La bohème, Otello, Candide and a new production of Rigoletto. 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.
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