Gavin Sutherland is Music Director of English National Ballet (ENB), and has for over 25 years enjoyed a wide and diverse career as conductor, arranger and orchestrator. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2016, and his Royal Opera House debut in 2017.
Born in County Durham, he graduated from the University of Huddersfield, winning the Kruczynski Prize for Piano and the Davidson Prize for Distinction brought to the Institution. In 2019 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University for distinguished services to music.
He began his career as staff conductor and pianist at Northern Ballet. Over the last 25 years, he has collaborated with nationally- and internationally-acclaimed dance companies and orchestras. He has recorded over 100 CDs, principally of British music and including many world premiere performances. This strand of his career has led to a fruitful collaboration with the BBC, most notably with the BBC Concert Orchestra, as well as the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Sutherland has recorded numerous film scores with the London Symphony Orchestra, and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and many other recordings with the Münchner Rundfunksorchester and Australian Philharmonic Orchestra.
As ENB’s Music Director he collaborates artistically on all company repertoire, including orchestrating Vincenzo Lamagna’s score for the Olivier Award-winning Akram Khan’s Giselle and arranging, orchestrating and reconstructing much of the company’s production of Le Corsaire.
Besides his prolific ballet work, Sutherland regularly arranges for leading international orchestras, with performances of both these and reconstructions of notable lost scores. He has performed at venues as diverse as the Sydney Opera House and Buckingham Palace, and he frequently talks about music on TV and radio. In 2019, he was nominated for the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Contribution.