Mark Elder

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Mark Elder at the final applause of a concert with the Hallé Orchestra, 2011

Sir Mark Elder (born June 2, 1947 in Hexham ) is a British conductor .

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Elder was musical director of the English National Opera between 1979 and 1993 . In addition, he was Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in the USA from 1989 to 1994 and Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as well as the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1982–1985) and the London Mozart Players (1980–1985 ) from 1992 to 1995 ). Since 2000 he has been chief conductor of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester .

Elder has worked with international orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra , Boston Symphony Orchestra , the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam , the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchester de Paris, and has conducted at opera houses such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London , the Metropolitan Opera New York , the Opéra National de Paris , the Lyric Opera of Chicago , the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. He was also a guest conductor at the Bayreuth Festival and regularly performs at the Proms . In 1980 he was one of the first western conductors to make a guest appearance in East Berlin. a. the world premiere of Friedrich Goldmann's Violin Concerto at the Komische Oper.

In 1989 he was honored as Commander of the Order of the British Empire , and in 1991 with the Olivier Award . In 2008 he was beaten to a Knight Bachelor ("Sir").

With Barrie Gavin he produced in 1994 for the BBC a film about the life and work of Giuseppe Verdi , in 1996 for German television a film about Gaetano Donizetti . Numerous recordings (albums and CDs) were also produced under his musical direction.

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