English conductor, arranger, orchestrator and pianist Gavin Sutherland is Principal Conductor of English National Ballet. He makes his Royal Opera House debut in the 2017/18 Season conducting English National Ballet’s performances of Song of the Earth, part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration.
Sutherland was born in Chester-le-Street and studied conducting, piano and orchestration at Huddersfield University. He began his career with Northern Ballet, where he was a pianist and staff conductor 1992–8. Following the release of his first album British Light Music Discovery he began working with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. In 2008 he was appointed Music Director of ENB, appointed to his current role in 2010. As well as conducting ENB on national and international tours, Sutherland’s credits with the company include numerous orchestrations for works including Akhram Khan’s Giselle, Le Corsaire and Liam Scarlett’s No Man’s Land. He has appeared as a guest conductor for companies including New National Ballet of Japan, Norwegian National Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, New Adventures and South African Ballet Theatre.
Sutherland is Principal Guest Conductor of the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra and has conducted orchestras including London Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and at the BBC PRoms. He has appeared on more than ninety recordings, as conductor and solo pianist. His compositions include the musical Little Women, the Clarinet Concerto and the one-act ballet Revolting Rhymes. Sutherland was appointed Chairman of the Light Music Society in 2009.