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Sir John Eliot Gardiner is revered as one of the world's most innovative and dynamic musicians, constantly in the vanguard of enlightened interpretation, who stands as a leader in today's musical life.

His work with the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, of which he is founder and Artistic Director, has marked him out as a key figure in the early music revival and a pioneer of historically informed performances. As a regular guest of the world's leading symphony orchestras, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Gardiner conducts repertoire from the 17th to the 20th century.

His discography includes Mozart, Schumann, Berlioz, Elgar and Kurt Weill on major labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Philips and Erato, and, since 2005, a critically-acclaimed series of releases on the Monteverdi ensembles' independent label, Soli Deo Gloria. His many accolades for his recordings include two GRAMMY Awards, and more Gramophone Awards than any other living artist.

Gardiner has conducted opera productions at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, at the Vienna State Opera and at Teatro alla Scala, Milan. He has a close relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra, and has made 65 appearances at the BBC Proms. An authority on the music of J.S. Bach, Gardiner's book, 'Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach', was published in October 2013 by Allen Lane, receiving the Prix des Muses award (Singer-Polignac). Gardiner is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, and holds honorary Fellowships from King's College London, the British Academy, and King's College, Cambridge, where he himself studied and from which he has also received an Honorary Doctorate. He was awarded a knighthood for services to music in 1998.