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Alexander Prior

Conductor

Twenty-five-year-old Alexander Prior is in his first season as the Chief Conductor of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2017/18 season, Alexander Prior debuts with the Detroit, Hamburg, and Toledo Symphonies; I Musici de Montréal; and Oper Frankfurt conducting Rigoletto, and returns to the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Highlights of the 2016/17 season included debuts with the Houston Symphony, Vancouver Opera conducting Hänsel und Gretel, and Edmonton Opera conducting Elektra, as well as a return to the Royal Danish Opera conducting Swan Lake.

Recent engagements have 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, Orchestra of Mannheim Opera, and Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra. 

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 almost ten consecutive years. The Edmonton Symphony recently premiered his latest work, Putl’lt, a large symphonic work inspired by the eponymous Nuxálk word meaning “everything belongs to those generations that are not yet born.”

A graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Alexander Prior was a James Levine Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and was awarded a Conducting Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival. His mentors include Thomas Dausgaard, Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas at the New World Symphony, Andrew Manze, and Nicholas McGegen and Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos—both at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.