John Eliot Gardiner
John Eliot Gardiner recently completed his Brahms cycle with the Monteverdi Choir and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique performing in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne, Frankfurt, Madrid and Brussels. In June 2009 they return to Paris for a new production of 'Carmen' following the success of 'L'Etoile', which opened the new theatre at Opera Comique in December 2007.
Guest engagements this season include Bayerischer Rundfunk and the Nobel Prize concert in Stockholm and the second stage of his Beethoven cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra which culminates in Spring 2010 with performances in London, Amsterdam, Paris, Munich and Madrid. Future engagements include re-invitations to Covent Garden, Chicago Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de France and the Czech Philharmonic.
In 1987 John Eliot Gardiner received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Lyon, and in 1996 he was nominated Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 1992 he became an Honorary Fellow of both King's College, London, and the Royal Academy of Music. He received a knighthood in the 1998 Queen's Birthday Honours List.