Young maestro, 27, is named principal guest

Young maestro, 27, is named principal guest


norman lebrecht

January 31, 2017

The BBC Philharmonic in Manchester has given a title to the sought-after Ben Gernon.

Details here.


  • Halldor says:

    Lovely chap, and a really engaging talent. Colin Davis rates him highly. He’s worked extremely hard to get this far – good call by the BBC Phil. Do we know of any other former tuba players in conducting positions?

    • GEllis says:

      Bramwell Tovey, music director of Vancouver Symphony comes to mind!

    • Ruben Greenberg says:

      There are probably not many of us left on this earth that remember the French tubist-conductor Jean-Baptiste Mari. He played with the Paris Opera Orchestra and taught at the Paris Conservatory. As a conductor, he was incredible; his music-making was sheer emotion. His career was unfortunately thwarted by pathological performance anxiety and the fact that he looked like he was half-crazy when he was on the podium.

  • Halldor says:

    Sorry, *rated*.

  • Tubby Tobijas says:

    Jacomo Bairos – a former tuba player is Music Director of Amarillo Symphony in Texas, as well as Director and co-founder of a successful ensemble called NuDeco based in Miami. He came to guest conduct some programs here in Atlanta and several other orchestras around the US.

    What is it with the tuba? Maybe all that free time to learn scores?

  • Nigel Harris says:

    James Gourlay springs to mind.

  • Theo in Atlanta says:

    Jacomo Bairos in the US is a former tuba player. He is currently Music Director of the Amarillo Symphony in Texas and is a frequent guest conductor with major American orchestras…