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Biography

Born in Pretoria, Gérard Korsten began his career as an orchestral violinist. After studies with Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia he went to Salzburg, where he trained with Sándor Végh, becoming concertmaster and then Assistant Music Director of Camerata Salzburg, of which Végh was Principal Conductor. In 1987 Korsten joined the Chamber Orchestra of Europe as its concertmaster; over his nine years with the ensemble he built close working relationships with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Heinz Holliger.
 
Gérard Korsten has conducted over 100 orchestras in 24 countries with orchestras such as the Adelaide Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestre National de Lyon, Scottish and Swedish Chamber Orchestras, as well as the SWR Sinfonieorchester Freiburg.
 
Gérard Korsten’s operatic appearances to date have included: Teatro alla Scala, Milan (Le nozze di Figaro); Opéra National de Lyon (Ariadne auf Naxos, Idomeneo, La traviata, Siegfried, La Veuve joyeuse and Henze’s L'Upupa); Bregenz Festival (Simon Laks’ L’Hirondelle inattendue, Die Zauberflöte, Le Rossignol, Der Schauspieldirektor); Deutsche Oper Berlin (La traviata); English National Opera (Aida); Glyndebourne Festival (Così fan tutte, Albert Herring); Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Così fan tutte); Netherlands Opera (Così fan tutte); New National Theatre, Tokyo (Tosca); Royal Opera Stockholm (Don Giovanni) and Hungarian State Opera (Don Pasquale). At the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, he did not only conduct the Italian premieres of Richard Strauss’ Die ägyptische Helena, Weber’s Euryanthe, Delius’ A Village Romeo and Juliet and Schubert’s Alfonso und Estrella, but also repertoire classics such as Aida, Carmen, Die Fledermaus, Die Zauberflöte, Don Pasquale, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Tosca, Un ballo in maschera and more recently Don Giovanni.
 
He has served as Principal Conductor of the London Mozart Players, the South African State Theatre in Pretoria and the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra in Sweden. From 1999 to 2005 he was Music Director of the Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari in Sardinia. After 13 years as Principal Conductor of Austria’s Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg Bregenz, Gérard Korsten was awarded Conductor Laureate in summer 2018.
 
Gérald Korsten’s Arthaus DVD of Le nozze di Figaro, recorded at La Scala with a cast led by Diana Damrau and Ildebrando d’Arcangelo, was awarded a Diapason D’Or in France and designated Critic’s Choice by US magazine Opera News. His other recordings include Tchaikovsky’s Serenade and Souvenir de Florence with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Deutsche Grammophon), orchestral works by Crusell, Lindblad and Eggert (Naxos), Le Veuve Joyeuse (DVD, Erato) and a number of live recordings with the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari: Die ägyptische Helena, Euryanthe and Lucia di Lammermoor on CD (Dynamic) and, on DVD, Alfonso und Estrella (Dynamic) and Don Pasquale (Arthaus).
 
Gérard Korsten has two daughters and lives in both Zurich and Arezzo (Tuscany) with his wife, Italian soprano Eva Mei.

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Biografia

Oltre ai suoi impegni nella direzione d'orchestra presso teatri d'opera e orchestre, Gérard Korsten è stato direttore musicale presso i London Mozart Players, il Teatro di Stato del Sudafrica a Pretoria ed l'Uppsala Chamber Orchestra. Dal 1999 al 2005 ha ricoperto lo stesso ruolo con l'Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari (Sardegna). Dopo 13 anni come direttore principale dell’Orchestra Sinfonica di Vorarlberg, Gérard Korsten è stato nominato direttore onorario a vita nell'estate del 2018.
 
Nato a Pretoria, Gérard Korsten ha iniziato la sua carriera come violinista. Dopo la sua formazione con Ivan Galamian al Curtis Institute di Philadelphia, si è trasferito a Salisburgo, dove ha studiato con Sandor Vegh, che l’ha portato nella sua Camerata Salisburgo come direttore di concerto e vice direttore musicale. Nel 1987 Korsten è diventato direttore di concerto della Chamber Orchestra of Europe, dove ha lavorato a stretto contatto con direttori come Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt e Heinz Holliger per nove anni.
 
Gérard Korsten ha diretto oltre 100 orchestre in 24 paesi. È regolarmente ospite d’orchestre come la Adelaide Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Camerata Salisburgo, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Padova e Veneto, Orchestre National de Lyon, Scottish e Swedish Chamber Orchestra e la SWR Symphony Orchestra Freiburg.
         
Nella stagione 2022/23 e 2023/24, Gérard Korsten sarà invitato di nuovo al Budapest Festival Orchestra, Gävle Symfoniorkester, Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Pannon Philharmonic ed Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg. Nell'estate del 2024 sarà direttore d’orchestra della produzione di Fidelio all'Opera di Garsington con la Philharmonia Orchestra. 
 
Più recentemente, Gérard Korsten ha diretto produzioni per i seguenti teatri e festival prestigiosi: Teatro alla Scala Milano (Le nozze di Figaro); Opéra National de Lyon (Ariadne auf Naxos, Idomeneo, La Traviata, Siegfried, Die lustige Witwe e L'Upupa di Henze); Bregenzer Festspiele (L'Hirondelle inattendue di Simon Laks, Die Zauberflöte, Le Rossignol, Der Schauspieldirektor); Deutsche Oper Berlin (La Traviata); Opera Nazionale Inglese (Aida); Glyndebourne Festival (Cosí fan tutte, Albert Herring); Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Cosí fan tutte); Netherlands Opera (Così fan tutte); New National Theatre Tokyo (Tosca); Royal Opera Stockholm (Don Giovanni) e Hungarian State Opera (Don Pasquale). Al Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Gérard Korsten ha diretto non solo le prime italiane di Die ägyptische Helena di Richard Strauss, Euryanthe di Weber, A Village Romeo and Juliet di Delius, Alfonso ed Estrella di Schubert, ma ha eseguito regolarmente anche classici del repertorio come Aida, Carmen, Die Fledermaus, Die Zauberflöte, Don Pasquale, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Tosca, Un ballo in maschera e più recentemente Don Giovanni.
 
Il DVD di Arthouse (Le nozze di Figaro), registrato alla Scala di Milano con Diana Damrau e Ildebrando d'Arcangelo nei ruoli principali, ha ricevuto un Diapason D’Or in Francia e Critic’s Choice dalla rivista Opera News negli Stati Uniti. Altre registrazioni sotto la direzione di Gérard Korsten includono Serenade e Souvenir de Florence di Tchaikovsky con la Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Deutsche Grammophon), opere orchestrali di Crusell, Lindblad e Eggert (Naxos), La Veuve joyeuse (DVD, Erato) e varie registrazioni con il Teatro Lirico di Cagliari: L'egiziana Helena, Euryanthe e Lucia di Lammermoor su CD (Dynamic); più Alfonso ed Estrella (Dynamic) e Don Pasquale (Arthaus) su DVD.
 
Gérard Korsten ha due figlie e vive con sua moglie, la soprano italiana Eva Mei, tra Zurigo ed Arezzo.

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Biography

Gérard Korsten is in demand as a guest conductor for appearances with theatres and orchestras in Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa. He has served as Principal Conductor of the London Mozart Players, the South African State Theatre in Pretoria and the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra in Sweden. From 1999 to 2005 he was Music Director of the Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari in Sardinia. After 13 years as Principal Conductor of Austria’s Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg, Gérard Korsten was awarded Conductor Laureate in summer 2018.
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Discography

 
Dünser: Violin Concerto - Radek Symphony 
Düsner: Violin Concerto; Radek Symphony
Benjamin Schmid (violin)
Gérard Korsten (conductor)
Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg
CD: VMS (2017)
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Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 - Symphonic VariationsDvořák: Symphony No.9 in E Minor, Op. 95, B. 178; Symphonic Variations, Op. 78, B. 70
Gérard Korsten (conductor)
Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg
CD: VMS (2016)
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Joachim Nikolas Eggert: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4 Eggert: Sinfonie Nr. 2 in g-Moll; Sinfonie Nr. 4 in c-Moll
Gérard Korsten (conductor)
Gävle Symphony Orchestra
Cd: Naxos (2016)
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Joachim Nikolas Eggert: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3, and Incidental Music to Svante StureEggert: Symphonies No.1 & No.3
Gérard Korsten (conductor)
Gävle Symphony Orchestra
Cd: Naxos (2015)
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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Diana Damrau, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Pietro Spagnoli, Marcella Orsatti Talamanca, Monica Bacelli and others
Gérard Korsten (conductor)
Chorus Teatro alla Scala
OrchestraTeatro alla Scala
DVD: Arthaus (2015)
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SWR Young Classix - Patsch lernt Zaubern Strawinsky: Pulcinella Suite
Gérard Korsten (conductor)
SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg
CD: Helbling (2013)
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Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg  - Sternstunden 1996-2010 Kirill Petrenko, David Wroe, Christoph Eberle, Dietfried Bernet, Thomas Kalb and Manfred Honeck
Gérard Korsten (conductor)
Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg
Live Recording: VMS (2012)
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Night Moves Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht
Haydn: Symphony No. 8 & other works
Gérard Korsten (conductor)
Irish Chamber Orchestra
Cd: Artscouncil (2011)
 
Mieczyslaw Weinberg Weinberg: Symphony No. 6, Op 79 & Sinfonietta No. 1, Op. 41
Gérard Korsten (conductor)
Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg
Cd: Neos (2010)
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Strawinsky Mozart  RossiniStrawinsky: Danses concertantes
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter"
Rossini: La scala di seta - overture
Gérard Korsten (conductor)
Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Live Recording Cd: IPPNW (2010)
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Franz Lehár - La Veuve Joyeuse Véronique Gens, Ivan Ludlow, Gordon Gietz, Magali Léger, François Le Roux and others
Gérard Korsten (conductor)
Chor Opéra de Lyon
Orchester Opéra de Lyon
DVD: Virgin Classics (2009)
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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor Vladimir Stoyanov, Mariella Devia and  Giuseppe Sabbatini
Gérard Korsten (conductor)
Teatro Lirico di Cagliari Orchestra
Cd: Dynamic (2004)
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Schubert: Alfonso und Estrella Eva Mei, Rainer Trost, Alfred Muff, Markus Werba, Jochen Schmeckenbecher and others
Gérard Korsten (conductor)
Choir Teatro Lirico di Cagliari
Orchestra Teatro Lirico di Cagliari
CD/DVD: Dynamic (2004)
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Carl M. von Weber: Euryanthe Elena Prokina, Jolana Fogasova, Yikun Chung, Andreas Scheibner, Rosanna Savoia and others
Gérard Korsten (conductor)
Choir Teatro Lirico di Cagliari
Orchestra eatro Lirico di Cagliari
Cd: Dynamic (2003)
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Donizetti: Don Pasquale Alessandro Corbelli, Antonino Siragusa, Eva Mei, Roberto de Candia and others
Gérard Korsten (conductor)
Choir of Teatro Lirico di Cagliari
Orchestra Teatro Lirico di Cagliari
CD/DVD: Arthaus (2002)
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Strauss: Die ägyptische HelenaGérard Korsten (conductor)
Choir Teatro Lirico di Cagliari
Orchestra Teatro Lirico di Cagliari  
Live Cd: Dynamic (2001)
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Adolf Fredrik Lindblad: Symphonies No. 1 & No. 2Gérard Korsten (conductor)
Uppsala Chamber Orchestra
Cd: Naxos (1999)
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Bernhard Henrik Crusell: Clarinet Concertos Per Billman (clarinet)
Gérard Korsten (conductor)
Uppsala Chamber Orchestra
Cd: Naxos (1999)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concertos No. 9 & No. 27
Nicola Frisardi (piano)
Gérard Korsten (conductor)
Mozarteum Orchestra
Cd: Chesky (1995)
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