Gregory Rose has a wide international experience of orchestral, operatic and choral conducting. He is Music Director of the Jupiter Orchestra, Jupiter Singers and Singcircle, and has conducted the London Philharmonic, St Petersburg Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony and the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestras, and orchestras and ensembles throughout Eastern and Western Europe. Gregory studied with Hans Jelinek, and later with Egon Wellesz, both former pupils of Arnold Schoenberg. He has appeared in festivals throughout Europe, including two BBC Proms. Gregory has recorded for many international television and radio stations, and has made highly acclaimed recordings for Chandos, Hyperion, Wergo, Continuum, Naxos, Da Capo and October Music. His recent compositions include a large-scale music-theatre piece, Danse macabre, which received enthusiastic reviews following its premiere in Tallinn, Estonia. His performance of Verdi’s Requiem in Sri Lanka in 2009 was attended by an audience of over 2,000. He is a professor of conducting and staff conductor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
Gregory Rose has conducted Toshio Hosokawa’s Vision of Lear (UK premiere), Cabaret, Berthold Goldschmidt’s Beatrice Cenci (British stage premiere), Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts, Samuel Barber’s Vanessa, Nino Rota’s Il cappello di paglia di Firenze, a national tour of Bizet’s Carmen, Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha (British stage premiere), Stravinsky Rake’s Progress, Prokofiev’s Maddalena, Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King, Jonathan Harvey’s Come, Stockhausen’s American Indian Songs, Paul Barker’s Wall, and A Ronne by Berio. He was Chorus Master for 1993 and 94 Wexford Festival Opera productions of Tchaikovsky’s Cherevichki, Ferdinand Hérold’s Zampa, Demon by Anton Rubinstein, La Bohème by Leoncavallo, and Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot, Harrison Birtwistle’s Masque of Orpheus, Act 2 (BBC), Kurt Weil’s Der Kuhhandel, and assistant conductor for Milhaud’s Les Malheurs d’Orphee, Satie’s Socrate and Weill’s Mahagonny.For Opera Coast: Verdi’s La Traviata, Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress, Tchaikovsky The Queen of Spades.
Christopher Cowell’s work has taken him to Chicago Opera Theater for Semele, and Il Viaggio a Reims, to Danish National Opera for Il barbiere di Siviglia and to Århus Sommeropera for their productions of Elskovsdrikken and Cosi fan tutte. In Copenhagen he directed the inaugural production of the Copenhagen Opera Festival, Opera i Underverden, and Donizetti’s Rita, Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle, Offenbach’s Den Forvandlede Kat, La Grand’Tante and Il Campanello for Den Rullende Opera, of which he is Artistic Director.
2008 saw his main-house début at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, directing a revival of Les Contes d’Hoffmann. In 1995 he joined the team of directors at Glyndebourne. With their touring company he has directed La Traviata, Le Comte Ory and Rodelinda. During the Festival seasons he has assisted on The Second Mrs. Kong and The Queen of Spades. In subsequent years he worked on Lulu and Owen Wingrave. At English National Opera he has assisted on King Priam and at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on John Copley’s La Bohème. The Royal Opera House also commissioned a new translation and adaptation of La Cenerentola, which he directed in the Linbury Theatre in 2001.
Domestically, he has directed productions of Agrippina, Poro and Atalanta for the London Handel Festival, Rameau’s Acante et Céphise and Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snowmaiden for UCO, Cendrillon for the Royal Academy of Music. In the earlier part of his career he forged the beginning of a long-term association with Surrey Opera, for whom he has directed Hansel and Gretel, Faust, Die Fledermaus, Turandot and The Flying Dutchman and most recently the world première of Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s rediscovered opera, Thelma.
Nigel Foster is one of Britain’s leading accompanists. He has played for singers including Roderick Williams, Sarah Walker, Yvonne Kenny, Ailish Tynan, Louise Winter, Stephen Varcoe, Jeremy Huw Williams, James Gilchrist, Elizabeth Watts, Elizabeth Llewellyn, Ruby Hughes, Marcus Farnsworth, Anna Devin and Gillian Keith, and for instrumentalist including violinist Madeleine Mitchell. In his formative years he played for Graham Johnson’s Songmakers’ Almanac and with conductors including John Eliot Gardiner and Georg Solti, working with singers including Renee Fleming, Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu.
Nigel is the founder, director and pianist of the London Song Festival, an annual event promoting the song repertoire. In addition to featuring internationally known artists, the Festival acts as a major showcase for young up-and-coming singers.
Nigel studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he won every prize and award available for piano accompaniment. His teachers have included Roger Vignoles, Graham Johnson and Iain Burnside.
Nigel has recorded several CDs of songs and anthologies. He is featured on the soundtrack of films including Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren and L’Homme est une Femme comme les Autres starring Antoine de Caune. He has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and has appeared on television in several European countries. Nigel performs extensively abroad, having played in most European countries, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, Israel, the USA, Canada and South America.