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Gordon Gerrard

Gordon Gerrard conductor

Gordon Gerrard has established a unique place in the new generation of Canadian musicians as one of its fastest rising stars. Trained first as a pianist and subsequently as a specialist in operatic repertoire, Gordon brings a fresh perspective to the podium. His passion and his dedication to producing thrilling musical experiences have endeared him to his fellow musicians and the public alike.

It is Gordon’s work in opera that has made him a recognized figure across the country. For four seasons, he held the positions of Resident Conductor and Repetiteur for Calgary Opera. He conducted seven productions while in residence in Calgary, including the Canadian premiere of Mark Adamo’s Little Women, which was recorded for national broadcast on CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera. In 2012, Gordon conducted Calgary Opera’s highly successful La Bohème, a production chosen specifically to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the company. During his tenure at Calgary Opera, Gordon was honoured with the Mayor’s Award for Emerging Artists for his contribution to the musical life of the city of Calgary. Gordon has also conducted two productions for Opera Hamilton to critical acclaim. He was Assistant Conductor for productions of Otello, Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro at Opera Lyra Ottawa and was Repetiteur for Vancouver Opera from 2004 to 2006.

A passionate and gifted educator, Gordon has been engaged as a conductor and lecturer by many institutions, including McGill University, the University of Manitoba and Iowa State University. In 2012, Gordon conducted a production of Don Giovanni for Opera McGill. He has served as conductor for Opera Nuova (Edmonton) for the past ten years, and on the music staffs of the Opera as Theatre Programme at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute (Montreal), Halifax Summer Opera Workshop and the Undergraduate Opera Studio at the Manhattan School of Music. He is a regular vocal coach for Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program and l’Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier Lyrique.

As a pianist, Gordon is a respected recital partner. After completing his studies at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, Gordon presented many recitals throughout New York City. In 2009, he was invited to participate in the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in London, and later that year he was engaged to present a recital with soprano Jane Eaglen for the Edmonton Recital Society.

Gordon is delighted to continue his work with Maestro Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as Associate Conductor.

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