Lawrence Foster

“It was a real pleasure to hear the score so lovingly conducted by Lawrence Foster…It was in the pit, rather than on the stage, that the magic of [the] work was best realized.” -Opera News

Opus 3 Artists is proud to announce world-wide representation of prolific conductor Lawrence Foster.

Lawrence Foster holds the position of Music Director with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille. In January 2013, he conducted the inaugural concert of the festivities of Marseille-Provence 2013, at the start of its year as one of the European capitals of culture, and they ended the 2012/13 season with performances of Massenet's Cléopâtre and Berlioz Les Troyens with Roberto Alagna. In addition to several concerts at home, the orchestra also has plans to tour China in 2013/14.

Lawrence Foster's most recent appearances in North America include the orchestras of Houston, Montreal and Philadelphia in addition to Santa Fe's Chamber Music Festival where he conducted Mahler in July 2013.

Following a hugely successful ten-year tenure as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lawrence Foster now becomes their Conductor Laureate. Over the past 10 years, he and the orchestra have toured extensively with appearances at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest and the Kissinger Sommer Festival, as well as major tours to Germany (with Arcadi Volodos), Spain (with Angelika Kirschlager) and to numerous summer venues with Lang Lang. Their discography together includes a number of recordings for PentaTone Classics, including a highly acclaimed CD of violin works by Bruch, Chausson and Korngold with Arabella Steinbacher. 

Lawrence Foster has worked with a number of major youth orchestras including the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and the Australian Youth Orchestra.  In 2013, Foster was awarded L'Orfée d'Or from L'Académie National du Disque Lyrique for his recording of Vincent D’Indy’s L’Etranger with Opera et Orchestre National de Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon.

Foster has conducted in major opera houses throughout the world. He works regularly at Hamburgische Staatsoper for whom he will conduct The Cunning Little Vixen in the 2013/14 season. Future opera engagements include San Francisco Opera, Rusalka for Opéra de Monte Carlo and Welsh National Opera.

Foster has been a major champion of the music of Georg Enescu, serving as Artistic Director of the Georg Enescu Festival from 1998 to 2001. His latest Enescu recording – his own orchestration of the String Octet with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo for EMI – was released in spring 2009. In January 2003 he was decorated by the Romanian President for services to Romanian Music. 

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