Renowned world-wide for his artistry, Sir Mark Elder CBE is Music Director of the Hallé, 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 was 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 2019/20 season with the Hallé includes the completion of their celebration of Berlioz’s music in the year which marks 150 years since his death, as well as a cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies shared with the BBC Philharmonic, celebrating Beethoven’s 250th anniversary. Their season culminates with two concert performances of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in May 2020.