Biography

Hailed for the natural ease of his conducting and the compelling insight of his musicianship, James Gaffigan continues to attract international attention and is one of the most outstanding American conductors working today. James Gaffigan is currently the Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Since becoming Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra James has made a very significant impact on the orchestra’s profile, both nationally and internationally, with a number of highly successful tours and recordings. In recognition of this success his contract has been further extended until 2022.
 
James was also appointed the first Principal Guest Conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra, Cologne, in September 2013, a position that was created for him. In addition to these titled positions, James is in high demand working with leading orchestras and opera houses throughout Europe, the United States and Asia, and has made guest appearances with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic; London Philharmonic; Dresden Philharmonic; Munich Philharmonic; Czech Philharmonic; Rotterdam Philharmonic; Wiener Symphoniker; Dresden Staatskapelle; Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin; Konzerthaus Berlin; Zürich Tonhalle; Gothenburg; Tokyo Metropolitan and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Leipzig, Berlin and Stuttgart Radio Orchestras, as well as the Symphony Orchestras of Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco,Toronto, Detroit, Sydney, Bournemouth and the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Oslo Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic and Los Angeles PhilharmonicÍž the Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre National de France. In the US he has also worked for the Dallas Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and St. Louis, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and National Symphony Orchestras. His opera appearances have included La Traviata, La bohème, Don Giovanni, and Le nozze di Figaro at the Wiener Staatsoper; Don Giovanni at the Bayerische Staatsoper; Così fan tutte, La Cenerentola and Falstaff at the Glyndebourne Festival; La Traviata for Norwegian Opera; Salome for Hamburg Opera, La bohème for the Opernhaus Zürich, and leading productions at the Chicago Lyric Opera and Washington National Opera.
 
James was a conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and was part of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival. In 2009, he completed a three-year tenure as Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, in a position specially created for him by Michael Tilson Thomas. Prior to that appointment, James was Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, where he worked under Music Director Franz Welser Möst. James was also named first prize winner of the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition.
 
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