Alexander Prior is the new Chief Conductor of both the Oper and Philharmonisches Orchester of Theater Erfurt. This appointment follows a critically acclaimed tenure as Chief Conductor of the Edmonton Symphony, with whom Prior has worked continuously for the last nine seasons. Appointed as Chief Conductor at just 22, Prior made Edmonton his artistic base, investing greatly in the artistic output and community outreach of the orchestra – championing new music, with a focus on programming which reflects the diversity and cultural history of the region. By his third season every masters’ series concert featured music by female composers. The Edmonton Journal said: “He leaves behind a considerable legacy. First and foremost, he has brought the orchestra to a new level of playing, whether eliciting a true pianissimo from the strings, new shadings of expression and phrasing, or greater depth of emotional feeling.”
Having opened his tenure in Erfurt with a critically acclaimed production of ELEKTRA, Prior can already look back on an extensive opera and concert career. He has worked with orchestras and opera houses throughout the world including the San Francisco, Detroit, Seattle, Queensland, and Houston Symphony Orchestras. Further collaborations include performances with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid and the orchestra of Teatro Reál, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Camerata Salzburg, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.
As well as his work as an international conductor, Prior has gained international recognition for his compositions: His work Horizons: An American Crescendofor four soloists and orchestra was premiered by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican Centre. His balletMowgli, commissioned by the Russian State Ballet, was performed for the first time in 2008 at the Kremlin Theatre in Moscow and it has been continuously running since then. His music has also been performed by the Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.