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OBC Orchestra Music Director

Ludovic Morlot’s élan, elegance and intensity on stage have endeared him to audiences and orchestras worldwide, from the Berlin Philharmonic to the Boston Symphony. During his eight years as Music Director of the Seattle Symphony he pushed the boundaries of traditional concert programming, winning several Grammys.

He is currently Emeritus Director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and in 2019 was appointed Associate Artist of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he has maintained a close relationship for many years. Each season he returns to conduct both orchestras. He has recently been designated new Music Director of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra , to which he will join next 22-23 season. He has been artistic director and founding member of the China National Youth Orchestra from 2017 to 2021; he directed his inaugural concerts at Carnegie Hall and China in 2017 and toured Europe in 2019. Between 2012 and 2014 he was principal director of La Monnaie and directed new productions in Brussels and the Easter Festival. of Aix de Provence, com The clemency of Titus, Jenufa and Pelléas and Mélisande (Pel·leas and Melisenda).

Morlot has conducted the Berliner Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Czech Philharmonic, Dresden Staaksapelle, London Philharmonic and Budapest Festival orchestras, and many of the leading North American orchestras, notably the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras. Morlot has a particularly strong connection with Boston, having been the Seiji Ozawa Fellowship Conductor at Tanglewood and subsequently appointed assistant conductor for the Boston Symphony. Since then he has conducted the orchestra in Boston, at Tanglewood and on a tour to the west coast of America. He has also appeared extensively in Asia and Australasia, notably with the Seoul Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. Festival appearances have included the BBC Proms, Wien Modern, Edinburgh, and Aspen festivals.

His tenure in Seattle formed a hugely significant period in the musical journey of the orchestra. His innovative programming encompassed not only his choice of repertoire, but theatrical productions and performances outside the traditional concert hall space.

Trained as a violinist, he studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux School (USA) with Charles Bruck and Michael Jinbo. He continued his education in London at the Royal Academy and then at the Royal College as recipient of the Norman del Mar Conducting Fellowship. Ludovic is Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle and a Visiting Artist at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014 in recognition of his significant contribution to music.

OBC Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor

The promising Polish conductor attracted international attention when she was associate director of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (2018-2020). The 2019-2020 season she debuted successfully in the United States with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, with which she collaborates regularly. In addition, from this season Gardolińska is the musical director of the Lorraine National Opera and from the next year 2022-2023 she will be the principal guest conductor of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra for two seasons.

During the current season, the Polish conductor makes her debut with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Toulouse National Capitol Orchestra and the Bordeaux Opera. She also conducts for the first time some of the leading British ensembles, such as the London and Birmingham Symphonies, the Royal Northern Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

During the 2020-2021 season, she debuted with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra, the Lorraine National Orchestra and the Paris Chamber Orchestra, among others. She also conducted the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Tonkünstler Orchestra at the Musikverein in Vienna.

In 2019, she made her debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival and other recent highlights have included concerts with Wiener Concert-Verein at the Musikverein and a return to her home city of Warsaw to conduct the young musicians of I Culture Orchestra at the Philharmonic Hall.

Gardolinska has received an Honourable Mention and the Special Orchestra Prize of the Witold Lutosławski Conducting Competition (Poland, 2016), the 3rd Prize and the Special Orchestra Prize from the Felix Mendelssohn International Conducting Competition (Greece, 2016) and she has been semi-finalists in the 1st International Hong Kong Conducting Competition in 2018. In 2016, she was awarded the title “Outstanding Polish in Austria”. She was also named Associate Fellow for the seasons 2017-2019 by the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship established by Marin Alsop.

Teresa Riveiro Böhm
OBC Orchestra Associate Conductor

Associate Conductor, Welsh National Opera Austrian-Spanish conductor Teresa Riveiro Böhm is rapidly gaining the attention of orchestras and opera companies internationally. The winner of the Neeme-Järvi-Prize at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in 2019, Riveiro Böhm spent two years as Leverhulme Conducting Fellow with the BBC Scottish Symphony from 2019 to 2021. In September 2022 she was announced as the Welsh National Opera Associate Conductor in collaboration with the LSO Donatella Flick Conducting Competition for the 2022/23 season. She also has recently been appointed associate conductor with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra.

The 22/23 season sees Riveiro Böhm begin her position with the Welsh National Opera with an orchestral concert featuring Dame Sarah Connolly as part of Classic FM’s 30th Anniversary, before conducting six performances in their new production of Magic Flute. Other highlights of her 22/23 season include her Australian debut with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, her Spanish debut with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, an extended tour with the Irish National Opera in their production of Don Pasquale, and returns to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for main series performances in Glasgow and Ayr. Other previous and upcoming orchestral invitations include engagements with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, where she was praised for her “confident precision” and “inspirational openness” (ArtsDesk), the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestre National de Metz, Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga, the Kremerata Baltica (at the Kronberg Academy Festival), Basel Chamber Orchestra, the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, L’Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier, and the Red Note Ensemble.

At a very early age, Riveiro Böhm moved from her home in Vienna to Moscow to pursue the violin. After studying at the Central Music School affiliated with the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, she returned to Vienna where she first gained experience as a conductor through a number of choirs and orchestras, including the Cappella Albertina Wien choir, of which she was Artistic Director. She has assisted with opera productions such as Britten’s ‘The Rape of Lucretia’ at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflöte’ at Oper Burg Gars in Austria, and other choral works, including Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’ in Trier Cathedral as part of the Mosel Music Festival, and with Bruckner Symphony No.9 at Cologne Cathedral.

She has worked with conductors including Manfred Honeck, Paavo Järvi, David Zinman, Martyn Brabbins, Thomas Dausgaard, Sian Edwards, Garry Walker, Donald Runnicles, Baldur Brönimann and Antony Hermus.

In previous seasons Riveiro Böhm received the first prize at the Dichler Wettbewerb in Vienna and the first orchestra prize from the Savaria Symphony Orchestra, and was presented with the Special Award for Exceptional Artistic Achievement by the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz. She joined Intermusica’s mentorship scheme in 2019.

She is currently finalising a Specialised Master’s Degree in conducting at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) under the guidance of Johannes Schlaefli.
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