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Born Edinburgh, 16 November 1954.

Scottish conductor.

Edinburgh-born Donald Runnicles has been Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra since September 2009. He is also General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper
Berlin, Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

His work with the BBC SSO includes performances in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Perth as well as regular appearances at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival. He maintains guest relationships with the Berlin Philharmonic and London Symphony orchestras, and works closely with the Philadelphia Orchestra, which he took on a tour of China in the summer of 2013.  As one of today's leading Wagner conductors, current and recent projects for the Deutsche Oper Berlin include Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and a Ring cycle. Other work there includes Falstaff. Don Carlo, Otello, Peter Grimes, Jenufa and Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust, as well as an appearance with them at the BBC Proms last month for a concert performance of Richard Strauss's Salome. From 1992 to 2008 he was Music Director of the San Francisco Opera, where highlights included the world premiere of John Adams's Doctor Atomic, and the US premiere of Messiaen 's Saint François d'Assise. At the close of his tenure he was awarded the San Francisco Opera Medal, the company's highest honour.

His disc of Wagner arias with Jonas Kaufmann and the Deutsche Oper orchestra won a 2013
Gramophone Award. Other CDs include Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Bruckner's Symphony No.7 (with the BBC SSO), Mozart's Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Britten's Billy Budd, Humperdinck's Honsel und Gretel and Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi.

Donald Runnicles is a recipient of the OBE and holds honorary degrees from the University of Edinburgh,
the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

For further information please visit: www.donaldrunnicles.com 

October 2014

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