Edward FARMER, 32
In recent years Edward Farmer has conducted London Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Strings, Gstaad Festival Orchestra. In 2017/2018, he looks forward to working with London Philharmonic, Opera i Filharmonia Podlaska and continuing in his role as Music Director of London Arts Orchestra (LAO).
Farmer grew up in Yorkshire, England and graduated with a Masters Degree from the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London. During his studies he founded LAO, an ensemble described as "an intoxicating combination of arts, visuals, music, and storytelling" by Huffington Post. His work in the field of cross-arts performance has led him to develop a unique approach amongst conductors. As a passionate advocate for classical music and talented concert presenter, he is a dynamic figure both on and off the podium, attracting new audiences to his concerts and talks.
After his studies at RCM, Farmer served as Assistant Conductor to Iván Fischer and Budapest Festival Orchestra, assisting Maestro Fischer in concerts, on tour, and in recording sessions for Channel Classics. He has taken part in masterclasses, lessons and training programmes under the tutelage of Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Zinman, Neeme Järvi, Peter Stark, Robert Dean, Pierre-André Valade, Ilan Volkov, Sian Edwards and Leonid Grin.
As a composer, Farmer was selected by the Royal Opera House to work in their opera development programme VOX, working with a range of international artists: singers, directors and librettists, on the development of new opera scenes. His music has been broadcast on UK television and nominated for a European film music award. Farmer recently presented his thoughts on the future of classical music performance in a TEDx talk entitled The Power of Familiarity.