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. Ben’s conducting of Beethoven and Peter Maxwell Davies with the Camerata Salzburg led immediately to an invitation to tour the UK with them in March 2015.
As part of the Nestlé Award, Mr Gernon made his debut with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester at the Salzburg Festival conducting Prokofiev’s Symphony No.5. He was appointed a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2013/14 where he assisted on a variety of projects and conducted both Symphonies for Youth and schools’ concerts. His fellowship now complete, he is delighted to return to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in August 2016.
The 2015/16 season sees Ben Gernon working with all the major London and BBC orchestras including débuts with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony for Beethoven’s Choral Symphony and Milwaukee Symphony. He continues his warm relationships with the LPO and LSO and returns to Scottish Chamber Orchestra for a tour of Scotland and recordings of music by Peter Maxwell Davies.
Ben has given two BBC Proms: September 2014 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, featuring the music of Peter Maxwell Davies on the occasion his 80th birthday and in 2012 conducting the Tansy Davies “Composer Portrait”.
The 2014/15 season saw Ben conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the studio, BBC National Orchestra of Wales in the studio and on a four-concert tour of Wales and a BBC Philharmonic studio concert. He continues his relationships with the London Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic, in schools’ and family concerts, after highly successful earlier visits. Other season highlights include débuts with Luxembourg Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, National Philharmonic of Russia, Nagoya Philharmonic, Glyndebourne Festival (assistant to Jakob Hrusa for Carmen), and return visits to Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra.
In the opera house, future plans include The Marriage of Figaro at Stuttgart Opera and he has already conducted a specially-crafted arrangement of Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Salzburg Festival to critical acclaim.
Ben Gernon studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he currently holds the position Professor of Musicianship, specially created for him. He is mentored by Sian Edwards and until his death the late Sir Colin Davis.
In Summer 2013 BBC Music Magazine featured him as their “Rising Star: Great artist of tomorrow”.