British ex-wunderkind is Canada’s new conductor

British ex-wunderkind is Canada’s new conductor


norman lebrecht

October 27, 2016

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra has named Alexander Prior to succeed Bill Eddins as chief conductor, it has just been announced.

Prior, 24, made his name a decade ago, composing in a late-romantic style and conducting his works in Russia. I wrote about him at the time.

Since then, the going has got a lot harder. He will start in Edmonton in 2017-18.

alexander prior


  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    Having watched Alexander for several years, it is a wonderful sight to read this post. Congratulations, Alexander and to the Edmonton Symphony!!!!!!

  • Rob McAlear says:

    A wee clarification: Mr Prior will be the ESO’s Chief Conductor starting in the 2017-2018 season.

  • Peter Owen says:

    Is Bayreuth still on the horizon?

    • Theodore McGuiver says:

      Eva Wagner has known AP most of his life and invited him to Bayreuth a few years ago, where I met him during one of our rehearsals. Would CT hire him to conduct there?