Sir Mark Elder

Renowned world-wide for his artistry, Sir Mark Elder CBE is Music Director of the Hallé as well as Artistic Director of Opera Rara, and regularly works with the world’s leading symphony orchestras and international opera houses. In 2017, he was made a Companion of Honour for his long-standing contributions to the arts – an award shared only by 65 members.

Since Elder’s tenure with the Hallé commenced in 2000, the orchestra has been recognised with a number of awards, including several BBC Music Magazine Awards, Gramophone Awards and they were recently awarded the 2018 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Classical Music. Elder is also recognised for his work with Opera Rara, with which his recording of Donizetti’s Les Martyrs won the award for best CD (Complete Opera) at the 2016 International Opera Awards. In 1991, he won an Olivier Award for his outstanding work at English National Opera (where he was Music Director 1979-1993) and in 2011 he was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society.

Elder’s 2018/19 season with the Hallé will begin in November with works by Wagner, Elgar and Mendelssohn. Later in the season he will conduct performances of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Vaughan Williams’ Sinfonia Antartica, Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust and Symphonie Fantastique, and his season will culminate in Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony in May.