Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne Productions Ltd
Gus Christie, grandson of Festival founder John Christie and Audrey Mildmay, became Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne Productions in 2000, taking over from his father George Christie.
He graduated from King’s College, London with a degree in zoology. He worked in various theatres including The Tricycle Company, National Theatre London, Batignano Festival and Robert Fox Associates (1987) before working as an assistant editor and cameraman for Partridge Films from 1989 to 1991. He became a freelance cameraman from 1991 and his documentaries included A Puffin’s Tale, (1991); A New Fox in Town (1993); The Lion’s Share (1994); Hugo’s Diary (1995); Red Monkeys of Zanzibar (1996); The Battle of the Sexes, The Tale of Two Families (1998); Buffalo, The African Boss (1999).
David Pickard, General Director
David Pickard was born in London in 1960. After studying music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, he worked as Company Manager of the Royal Opera Company from 1982 to 1987 where he toured with the Royal Opera to Los Angeles, Athens and the Far East.
Since then he has held a number of senior posts in the arts including Administrator of the New Shakespeare Company (1987-89), Managing Director of Kent Opera (1989-90), Assistant Director of the 1991 Japan Festival (1990-91) and Artistic Administrator of the European Arts Festival (1991-92). He was Chief Executive of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment from 1993 until 2001, and during this time the Orchestra greatly expanded its work both in the UK and abroad, doubling the number of concerts each year. The Orchestra has been highly praised for the breadth of its work, its high artistic standards, and the quality and imagination of its education programme. In 2001, he was appointed General Director of Glyndebourne.
Vladimir Jurowski, Musical Director
Previously for Glyndebourne: Vladimir Jurowski was appointed Music Director of Glyndebourne in 2000. Tristan und Isolde, Falstaff, Albert Herring, Die Fledermaus, Die Zauberflöte, The Miserly Knight, Gianni Schicchi, La Cenerentola, Otello, Betrothal in a Monastery, Macbeth, Eugene Onegin, Love and Other Demons (GFO).
Notable engagements: Past appointments include Principal Guest Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra. Current appointments include Principal Conductor of the LPO, Conductor in Residence of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Principal Artist of the OAE. He has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted at the ROH, the Met, La Monnaie, La Fenice, Opéra National de Paris and La Scala
Forthcoming engagements: Iolanta (Dresden Semperoper); appearances with Russian National Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Dresden Staatskapelle, Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras.
Born in Moscow, he studied there and at the music academies of Dresden and Berlin.