Joolz Gale is a British conductor of remarkable versatility who combines his informed knowledge and expertise of early music with his passion for the symphonic repertoire. Initially studying as a violinist, he read Music at the University of Oxford before furthering his studies at Royal College of Music, London as a singer. Graduating in 2007, he became an inaugural apprentice to the Monteverdi Choir under John Eliot Gardiner, at which time he began to develop his skills as a conductor.
In the same year, Gale took part in the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, resulting in an immediate invitation to make his début radio recording with Bayerischer Rundfunk and Bamberger Symphoniker. He has since gone on to make conducting débuts with choirs and orchestras throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America, including Orquesta de Cadaqués, Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, Cape Philharmonic, China National Symphony, KZN Philharmonic, Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana and Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla as well as further guest engagements with orchestras in Turkey, Poland, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. Recent highlights include a return to Bamberg for Die Deutsche Seele with Orchesterakademie of Bamberger Symphoniker and Handel's Messiah in Barcelona's Palau de la Música live on Medici TV.
In 2010, Gale founded Ensemble Mini (comprised of 15-20 musicians from Germany's top orchestras), striving to reach new audiences through alternative concert formats and venues. Projects often include newly commissioned arrangements by Gale himself, such as Strauss' Ein Heldenleben, Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Debussy's La Mer, Sibelius' Symphony No 3 and Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra.
Together they have collaborated with artists such as Marlis Petersen, Gerhild Romberger, Tanja Tetzlaff, Ruth Ziesak, Ferhan and Ferzan Önder, Regula Mühlemann and Evelina Dobraceva. Recent guest performances have included Philharmonie and Konzerthaus in Berlin as well as Budapest Palace of Arts (Bartók), Auditorio Nacional Madrid and Essener Philharmonie (Mahler). The ensemble has been reviewed and featured widely in German media (such as 3sat Kulturzeit, ZDF Aspekte, rbb Stilbruch and WDR 3) and has recorded several live concerts for Deutschlandfunk Kultur and RBB Kulturradio, as well as its award-winning début CD, Mahler’s Symphony No 9 (ARS-Produktion). In December 2013, Gale performed and toured this same arrangement with the Camerata of Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. A follow-up CD recording with Ensemble Mini – Mahler's Symphony No 10 – will be released in late 2017.
Gale's mentors and teachers include Roger Norrington (with whom he has also assisted at Mahler Chamber Orchestra and SWR Symphony Stuttgart), Neeme Järvi and Paavo Järvi (assisting with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen). He has also participated in masterclasses with the Trondheim Symphony and Kritisches Orchester Berlin. In addition, he has shadowed extensively Andrew Manze, Emmanuelle Haïm, Vladimir Jurowski, Colin Davis, Antonio Pappano and Marin Alsop.
Outside conducting, Gale has embarked on special projects for television and radio and is a founding board member of the Molyvos International Music Festival.
Works conducted in the Competition:
Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op84 (excerpt)
Weber: Der Freischütz Overture (excerpt)