Lawrence Foster
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“Warmest congratulations to all for the nomination of Zubin Mehta.

My first visit to Romania was as his assistant with the LA Phil.He has been loyally back so often and has real love for the country and the festival. With one of the greatest and most interesting conductors of to day, Jurovsky, you have brought back memories of Yehudi Menuhin.

Mr Hollanders tenure has offered many great events and he deserves eternal gratitude for all he has done but as in so many fields it is time for a big change and this new affiche gives you that in image and real substance.



Lawrence Foster”



Born in 1941 in Los Angeles, having Romanian parents, Lawrence Foster was a remarkable interpreter of George Enescu’s music, as Artistic Director for the 1998 edition of the “George Enescu” International Festival. The most recent Enescu recording under his baton – a proper orchestration of the String Octet with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo for the EMI – was released in the spring of 2009.

In January 2003 Lawrence Foster was decorated by the Romanian president for his contribution to Romanian music.

For Lawrence Foster, the 2009 – 2010 season marks the beginning of his tenure as music director for the Orchestra of the National Opera of Montpellier, as well as the eight season as artistic director and chief conductor of the Orchestrei Gulbenkian in Lisbon.

The benchmarks of the previous season include concerts with Gewandhausorchester (with Lisa Batiashvili as soloist), the Philharmonic Orchestra of Helsinki, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Holland and an appearance at the Grafenegg Festival (July 2010). He also directed both Chopin concerts with Daniel Barenboim as soloist, together with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo. Other undertakings include a cooperation with the NDR Sinfonieorchester of Hamburg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orkest Residentie (with Aldo Ciccolini), the Symphonic Orchestra of Tivoli (with Evgheni Kissin), as well as concerts during the closure of the 2010-2011 season with MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig. Subsequent to the success recorded with the recent cycle of Schumann symphonies together with the Czech Philharmonic (recorded for Pentatone), he returned to the orchestra desk in the spring of 2011.

Lawrence Foster has worked with a large numbr of youth orchestras. In the summer of 2004 he brought the Australian Youth Orchestra to BBC Proms and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and took the orchestra on tour again in July 2007. He organized an Easter tour with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie in 2009 and directed the Academy Orchestra at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in august 2009. He previously occupied the position of musical director of the Festival and the Aspen School, and returned in the summer of 2009 for the 60th anniversary edition of the Festival.

As an opera conductor, Lawrence Foster has appeared on the stages of the greatest theaters worldwide. He collaborates with the Hamburgische Staatsoper frequently, directing Pélléas et Mélisande in 2008-2009 and a production of the Freischütz by Weber during this season. The plans in Hamburg include a re-enactment of the Carmen opera in 2010-2011 and of the Pique Dame performance in 2011-2012. In the spring of 2011 he returned to the Marseille Opera for a Wozzeck production and then directed the world premiere of René Koering’s new work for the Monte Carlo Opera. Then followed his debut with the Frankfurt Opera, with a production of the Khovanschina performance in 2012-2013. The performance of Esmeralda by Louise Bertin in 2008 during the Montpellier Festival was released on the market as a live recording.

Together with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lawrence Foster performs at least one production in concert per stage in Lisbon. As the musical director of the Montpellier National Opera Orchestra, he has directed the performances on Die Zauberflöte in the autumn of 2009 and Otello in the spring of 2010.

Lawrence Foster has also held Directorships Music with the Simfònica Orquestra of Barcelona, Orchestre Philharmonique of Monte Carlo, Jerusalem Symphonic Orchestra, Houston symphonic orchestra and Orchestre de Chambre of Lausanne.


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