Our colleague, the conductor Ed Spanjaard in the NRC

Conductor Ed Spanjaard who is also teaching the top conductors of tomorrow in our National Master Orchestral Conducting programme gave an interview in the NRC.

Ed Spanjaard studied piano and conducting in Amsterdam and London. He started his career as répétiteur at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at the Bayreuther Wagner-Festspiele; his love for opera stems from this background. Spanjaard has conducted many new productions including Così fan tutte (with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century), Der Ring des Nibelungen (Dutch Touring Opera), Pelléas et Mélisande (Lyon) and several chamber operas by Guo Wenjing (Holland Festival, Paris, Frankfurt).

His long and successful conductorship of the Nieuw Ensemble has resulted in numerous premieres and tours, including visits to international festivals in Edinburgh, Berlin, Venice and Shanghai. Intensive and fruitful collaborations with composers have led to many new works and to CD recordings (Carter, Harvey, Ferneyhough, Donatoni, Loevendie among others).

Read here the NRC article celebrating his 70th Birthday.