Conductor Andrew Gourlay made his Royal Opera debut 2014, conducting Quartett in the Linbury Studio Theatre.
Gourlay was born in Jamaica and grew up in the Bahamas, the Philippines, Japan and England. He trained as a trombonist and pianist and began his professional career as a trombonist, playing for such orchestras as the Philharmonia, Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Sinfonietta and Opera North. He later won a postgraduate scholarship to study conducting at the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Bernard Haitink and Roger Norrington. He won first prize at the 2010 Cadaqués International Conducting Competition. Positions since have included Assistant Conductor to Mark Elder at the Hallé Orchestra and Music Director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra. He twice stepped in for Colin Davis at the Barbican and has worked as a cover for Valery Gergiev and Kurt Masur. Other engagements include performances with the Philharmonia, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra at Wigmore Hall, the BBC orchestras, RTé Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé and London Sinfonietta (BBC Proms 2013).
Gourlay is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y Leon.
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