Sir John Eliot Gardiner is seen as a key figure in the development of the historical performance of music from the early Baroque up to and including that of the twentieth century. For the last fifty years, he has continuously reinvigorated and expanded his vision. He is founder and artistic director of both the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir. He also founded the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique in 1989.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner has served as principal conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra and the Opéra national de Lyon and as artistic director of the Göttingen International Handel Festival.
He has made guest appearances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He has made some 250 LP and CD recordings, and has won more Gramophone Awards than any other living artist. His live recording of Bach’s complete sacred cantatas won a Gramophone Special Achievement Award.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner is the recipient of several honorary doctorates, having been elected to an honorary fellowship at his alma mater, King’s College, Cambridge in 2014. He is a Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. He was knighted in 1998 and received the German Grand Merit Cross in 2005. His Bach biography, entitled Music in the Castle of Heaven, was published in 2013, and he was recently appointed president of the Bach-Archiv in Leipzig. Sir John Eliot Gardiner was awarded the Concertgebouw Prize in January 2016.
He has made numerous appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since 1994. Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducted works by Elgar on a programme also featuring soprano Ann Hallenberg as soloist in Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder in March 2017.