Since 2013 Lawrence Foster has held the position of Music Director of l’Opéra de Marseille and l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, which he toured to the Kissinger Sommer and Rheingau Musik Festival in the summer of 2016. Mr. Foster has been appointed Conductor Laureate of the Gulbenkian Orchestra following his utmost fruitful ten-year tenure as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor. This season Foster and the orchestra completed on a highly successful tour to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Further highlights of the 2016/17 season include engagements as guest conductor with NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Katowice, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and Belgium National Orchestra. Furthermore, he conducts the New Year’s concert with the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin. In Asia he will return to Shanghai Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Beside his concert engagements, Lawrence Foster is an accomplished opera conductor and has conducted in major opera houses throughout the world. The productions of Rusalka at the Opéra de Monte Carlo and The Flying Dutchman and Falstaff in Marseille in 2015 were enthusiastically received. Mr. Foster also conducted the highly praised La Traviata at the 2015 Savonlinna Opera Festival. This season sees opera productions of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly at the Welsh National Opera with guest appearances in Dubai as well as Thomas’ Hamlet and Verdi’s Don Carlos at the l’Opéra de Marseille.
Mr. Foster’s discography includes a number of recordings for PentaTone Classics, notably a highly acclaimed CD of Strauss’ Zigeunerbaron with NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover and a CD with violin works by Bruch, Chausson and Korngold with Arabella Steinbacher, as well as Bartok’s Two Portraits, Ligeti’s Romanian Concerto, Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta and Hary Janos Suite and the Four Symphonies by Robert Schumann with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Foster previously held Music Directorships with the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Lawrence Foster has worked with a number of major youth orchestras including the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Orchestra Academy of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and the Australian Youth Orchestra. This season he conducts the orchestra of the Parisian conservatory at the Philharmonie and in the summer of 2016 he went on a Skandinavian tour with Orkester Norden.
In 2013 Lawrence 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.
Born in 1941 in Los Angeles to Romanian parents, Lawrence 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.