The British conductor David Atherton was co-founder of the London Sinfonietta and as their Music Director gave the first performance of many important contemporary works. He was made Conductor Laureate of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, following 11 years as their Music Director. He is also Artistic Director of the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, which he founded in 1989.
He became the youngest conductor in the history of the BBC's Henry Wood Promenade Concerts and subsequently appeared in thirty contiguous seasons. He travels widely, in particular to the USA where he regularly visits the leading North American orchestras as well as performing in Europe, Australia and Japan.