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James Gaffigan (Conductor)

Hailed for the natural ease of his conducting and the compelling insight of his musicianship, James Gaffigan continues to attract international attention and is one of the most outstanding American conductors working today.

James Gaffigan is currently the Chief Conductor of the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester and Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, recently extended for the third time. Since becoming Chief Conductor of the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester James has made a very significant impact on the orchestra’s profile, both nationally and internationally, with a number of highly successful tours and recordings. In recognition of this success his contract has been further extended until 2022.

James is in high demand working with leading orchestras and opera houses throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. The 2019/20 season features re-invitations to the ChicagoSan Francisco and Detroit Symphony OrchestrasOrchestre National de France and Czech Philharmonic, as well as debuts with Orchestre Symphonique de MontrealMelbourne Symphony and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

He undertakes four major opera productions in the United States including La Cenerentola at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Ernani at San Francisco OperaDon Giovanni at Lyric Opera Chicago and Tristan and Isolde at Santa Fe Opera.

The 2018/19 season saw James make his debut with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and return to the Los Angeles PhilharmonicSan Francisco SymphonyNational Symphony OrchestraWDR Sinfonieorchester and BBC Symphony Orchestra. In the US he made house debuts at Metropolitan Opera for La bohème and San Francisco Opera for Carmen while European productions included a new production of La Fanciulla del West and Don Giovanni at Bayersiche Staatsoper and Porgy and Bess at Dutch National Opera. Regularly conducting at major opera houses around the world, James’ recent appearances include La bohèmeDon Giovanni,La Traviata and Le nozze di Figaro at the Wiener StaatsoperCosì fan TutteLa Cenerentola and Falstaff at the Glyndebourne FestivalSalome for Hamburg OperaLa bohème for the Opernhaus Zurich and Così fan tutte for Chicago Lyric Opera.

James also works internationally with many leading orchestras and recent guest appearances include the Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraLondon PhilharmonicMünchner PhilharmonikerOrchestre de ParisOrchestre National de FranceOrchestra of the Age of EnlightenmentRotterdam PhilharmonicDeutsches Symphonie-orchester BerlinDresden StaatskapelleWiener SymphonikerSalzburg Mozarteum OrchestraZurich TonhalleSeoul Philharmonic and Tokyo Metropolitan.

In North America he has worked with New York Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of PhiladelphiaClevelandSt. LouisBaltimore and Toronto, among others. Born in New York, James was named first prize winner of the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition.

In 2009, he completed a three-year tenure as Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, in a position specially created for him by Michael Tilson Thomas. Prior to that appointment James was Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, where he worked for Music Director Franz Welser Möst.

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