Benjamin Bayl is a gifted conductor equally at home with modern and historical
repertoire, who through his skill, thoughtful communication and intense musicality in working with symphony and chamber orchestras, opera houses and period instrument orchestras is establishing a flourishing reputation in Europe, Asia and Australia.
He is co-founder and Principal Guest Conductor of Australia’s period instrument Australian
Romantic & Classical Orchestra (ARCO), Artistic Director of Odissea and was founder and ArtisticDirector of London’s Orchestra of the City for six seasons and Saraband Consort for many more.The first Australian Organ Scholar of King’s College Cambridge, he was appointed AssistantConductor to the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer at the beginning of his career, following studies at the Royal Academy of Music; he continues to work in Budapest and with the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin. He was also Assistant Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort.
He has made highly successful debuts in recent seasons with Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Musikfest Berlin in the Berlin Philharmonie, and Ruhrtrienniale Festival), Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano, Britten Sinfonia, The Hanover Band, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra, Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, Collegium Vocale Gent, and the Scandinavian orchestras of Gävle, Umeå, Drottningholm, Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg, Sønderjyllands and Copenhagen Philharmonic, with many re-invitations in the coming seasons. He recently made his conducting debut in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with Collegium Vocale Gent and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.
In the world of opera, he has conducted for Opera Australia (Orlando), Staatsoper Berlin /
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (Fairy Queen/AscheMond), Wiener Staatsoper (Fatima oder von
den mutagen Kindern), Dutch National Opera (Il matrimonio segreto), Opera Vlaanderen
(Idomeneo), Opera de Oviedo (Agrippina & Le Nozze di Figaro), Royal Danish Opera (Don
Giovanni), Den Jyske Opera (Così fan tutte), NorrlandsOperan (Le nozze di Figaro), Polish
National Opera (La Clemenza di Tito), Warsaw Chamber Opera (Pygmalion), Budapest State Opera (Fairy Queen), Teatro Comunale di Sassari (Carmen) and English Touring Opera (Ariodante). He also conducted Dido & Aeneas and Fairy Queen in Berlin, Split and Zagreb Summer Festivals, Handel’s Acis & Galatea and Arne’s Judgement of Paris at the Wigmore Hall, Gluck’s Il parnaso confuso at London’s South Bank Centre, and both Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and Cavalli’s Gli amori d’Apollo e di Dafne for Københavns Musikteater. In the world of oratorio he frequently conducts the major works of Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart with both period and modern orchestras. With Odissea he performed at the London and Göttingen Handel Festivals, as well as Poland’s Wratislavia Cantans Festival.
Highlights of the 16/17 season include concerts with Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano, Orchestra of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Orchestra i pomeriggi musicali, a tour of China with The Hanover Band, a tour of Europe with B’Rock, Platée at Warsaw Chamber Opera, and concerts in Oviedo, Wroclaw, London, Sydney and Melbourne.