Alexander Briger AO – Chief Conductor 

2Described by both Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Muti as a “wonderful conductor and musician”, Alexander Briger is one of Australia’s preeminent musicians. Alexander worked closely with both Sir Charles Mackerras and Pierre Boulez and has premiered works by composers such as Arvo Pärt, Bruno Mantovani, Mark Anthony Turnage and Elena Kats Chernin. In 2016 he was awarded the Order of Australia for “Distinguished services to music as a leading conductor”.

In the UK he has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St Martins in the Fields, amongst many others. His international career spans such orchestras as the Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Konzerthausorchester, Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Salzburg Mozarteum, Ensemble InterContemporain, the Japanese Virtuoso Symphony Orchestra and every major Australian orchestra.

Alexander is also considered an opera specialist and has conducted at such houses as the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Théâtre du Châtelet, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Komischeoper, Berlin, Canadian Opera Company, Royal Danish Opera, Royal Swedish Opera and Opera Australia, to name a few.

In 2010, he founded the Australian World Orchestra, of which he is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, and in 2011 conducted their award-winning inaugural season at the Sydney Opera House with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, which was subsequently released on Deutsche Grammophon. Alexander conducted the Australian World Orchestra’s 2019 performances that were met with critical acclaim by the international music community and reviewers alike, claiming “Briger’s powers on the podium are every bit as world class as the Australian World Orchestra’s previous conductors, Sir Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Muti.”

Future engagements include Jenůfa with the Montreal Opera, The Turn of the Screw at the Paris Philharmonie, concerts with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and returns to the Naples San Carlo Opera and Opera Australia.