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Ben Gernon

Ben Gernon

Ben Gernon is a 'Rising Star'.



Maxwell Davies: An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise
Maxwell Davies: An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise
The SCO celebrates the life and works of its much-loved Composer Laureate, 'Max'. 

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In 2013 Ben Gernon won the internationally-acclaimed Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductor’s Award, a unanimous decision by the jury, led by Ingo Metzmacher. Gernon was appointed a Gustavo Dudamel Conducting Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2013–14, returning to them in 2016 to conduct the ensemble at the Hollywood Bowl performance of Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird. Also in 2016, Gernon made his Ravinia Festival debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  

Gernon works with all the major London and BBC orchestras including London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Further afield he has conducted Beethoven’s Choral Symphony with Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, toured with Camerata Salzburg and had two visits with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Gernon has conducted two BBC Proms: the first in 2012 when he participated in a BBC Proms ‘Composer Portrait’ for Tansy Davies, and again in 2014 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra which featured the music of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies on the occasion of his eightieth birthday.

In the opera house, Gernon has conducted Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro for Stuttgart Opera and Don Giovanni for Glyndebourne Touring Opera. He conducted a specially- crafted arrangement of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Salzburg Festival to critical acclaim.

Gernon studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is mentored by Sian Edwards and, until his death, the late Sir Colin Davis.

In 2013, BBC Music Magazine featured him as their ‘Rising Star: Great artist of tomorrow’.


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BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
'...Maxwell Davies devices of whooping horn glissandos and hyperactive chattering trumpets, delivered with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's bombproof expertise; and Ben Gernon's conducting is forthright and immaculate.'


AllMusic
'Included is an ebullient performance of one of Maxwell Davies' most popular pieces of any period, An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise...[Hill Runes and Farewell to Stromness] are beautifully played by guitarist Sean Shibe.'
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MusicWeb International
'The programme is well chosen, excellently played and beautifully recorded, making it about the most accessible introduction to Max's music that I can think of.'
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MusicWeb International
'An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise is a "joyous and show-stopping" piece...This performance is both refined and deliciously decadent...As a final salute to Sir Peter Maxwell Davies it could hardly be bettered.'
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New Zealand Herald
5 Stars
'The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has released a most attractive sampling of orchestral works, interspersed with solos by guitarist Sean Shibe...He gives it a magnificent performance, especially in the luminous resonances of a breathtaking Adagio molto [of Hill Runes].'
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Crescendo
« Farewell to Stromness est toute vibrante et gracieuse... [Ebb of Winter et Last Door of Light] de fort beaux exemples de l'exceptionnel talent de Peter Maxwell Davies... »
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Gramophone
'For a single-disc introduction to the many voices of Max, look no further.'
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Classical Music
5 Stars
'Committed and polished performances...Excellent sound.'
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The Arts Desk
'[Peter Maxwell Davies’s An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise] packs an emotional, uplifting punch, and this performance is a belter...The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, whose flawless, fearless playing under Ben Gernon is a consistent pleasure.'
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The Scotsman
5 Stars
'Ben Gernon conducts a performance that glistens with crystal clear textures and those mysterious Orkney soundscapes.'
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Herald Scotland
'The most beautiful, resonant and soulful performance of Max's Farewell to Stromness.'
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McAlister Matheson Music Newsletter
'...played with an irrepressible panache and swinging energy...It's all hugely life-inspiring.'
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Financial Times
4 Stars
'An atmospheric performance under conductor Ben Gernon.'
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The Sunday Times
'...this disc affords a fond farewell to the composer and the musical realisation of his adopted Orkney.'
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The Observer
4 Stars
'...it makes a worthy and deeply felt portrait of Max's Orkney.'
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