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David Atherton

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David Atherton is one of the most distinguished conductors of our era. His friend and mentor, Sir Georg Solti, appointed him Resident Conductor of the Royal Opera House in London where he remained for twelve years. As a regular guest with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, he has worked with some of the world’s greatest superstars such as Renée Fleming, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.

He co-founded the London Sinfonietta and gave the premieres of many important contemporary works. He has appeared in 30 consecutive seasons of the BBC Proms and has opened the Prague Spring Festival and the Berlin Festival with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He travels widely, in particular to the USA where he regularly conducts the top North American orchestras. He has worked with many of the world’s leading instrumental soloists including, on numerous occasions, Midori, Itzhak Perlman, Alfred Brendel and Murray Perahia.

His 100+ recordings have gained an Edison Award, many Grammy Award nominations, the sought-after Grand Prix du Disque, the Serge Koussevitsky Critics' Award, the Prix Caecilia and the coveted International Record Critics' Award, generally regarded as the world's top recording prize.

He has held titled positions with the BBC Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and, after eleven years as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, was made the orchestra’s Conductor Laureate and awarded the OBE by Her Majesty The Queen.

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