Alexander Prior

Conductor

Alexander Prior

At only 27 years of age, Alexander Prior is already in the midst of his third season as Chief Conductor of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Recent and upcoming highlights include debuts with the San Francisco, Detroit, and Hamburg Symphonies; I Musici de Montréal; Houston Symphony, Vancouver Opera conducting Hänsel und Gretel, and Edmonton Opera conducting Elektra, as well as a returns to the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Royal Danish Oper. Alexander made his debut at the Tiroler Festspiel in Austria in December 2019 conducting Dvorak’s Rusalka.

Alexander made his debut with Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2018, and returns to open their season with a world-premiere by Australian composer Melody Eötvös, and music by Beethoven and Shostakovich. Prior has also forged a close relationship with Oper Frankfurt, making his debut conducting Rigoletto, which resulted in multiple re-invitations, including Martinů’s “Julietta” in the fall of 2019, and a symphonic program with the orchestra featuring Holst’s The Planets.

Past engagements have also included the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Camerata Salzburg, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Bayerische Staatskapelle, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Orchestra of Mannheim Opera, the Seattle Symphony and the New World Symphony.

Equally committed to the stage, Prior's operatic engagements have included Carmen with the Royal Danish Opera, La Traviata with Oper Leipzig and the Gewandhaus Orchestra and at the Romanian National Opera, and Mirandolina with the Bayerische Staatsoper.

Alexander Prior's catalogue of compositions is substantial in its share of high-profile commissions. His ballet Mowgli, commissioned by the Moscow State Ballet and first performed at the Kremlin Theatre in 2008, secured international critical acclaim and has now been running for over ten consecutive years. In the summer of 2020 his opera “Swan Song” (set to Chekhov) will be premiered in Canada.

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