The English conductor, Sian Edwards, is Head of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music, and during her time at the Leningrad Conservatoire as a pupil of Ilya Musin, in 1984, she won the first Leeds Conductors’ Competition.
Sian Edwards has worked with many of Britain’s leading orchestras and made her BBC Prom debut in 1993. Orchestral engagements abroad have included concerts in the USA with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Sian Edwards made her operatic debut in 1986 conducting Weill’s Mahagonny for Scottish Opera, and her ROH debut in 1988 with Tippett’s The Knot Garden. From 1993 to 1995 she was Music Director of ENO for whom her repertoire included Khovanshchina, Jenufa, Queen of Spades and Blond Eckbert. For the Glyndebourne Festival she has conducted La Traviata and the Ravel Double Bill, and for Glyndebourne Touring Opera Katya Kabanova and Tippett’s New Year. She conducted the world premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage’s Greek at the Munich Biennale in 1988. Recent engagements have included the world premiere of Hans Gefors’ Clara for the Opéra Comique in Paris, Cosi fan tutte in Aspen, her return to ENO for Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni in Copenhagen, La Traviata and The Rape of Lucretia the Theater an der Wien, La Damnation de Faust in Helsinki and Peter Grimes and The Tempest in Frankfurt.
Edwards’ recording for EMI of Tchaikovsky orchestral music with the Royal
Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra received the highest critical acclaim as did
further EMI recordings with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.