Established as one of Britain’s leading young conductors, Justin Brown has worked with most of the country’s top orchestras including the BBC Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony and the London Symphony Orchestra. In recent years his career has taken him worldwide. He is a familiar figure in Scandinavia, where his frequent guest engagements include the Malmö, Norrköping and Trondheim Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Finnish Radio SO, Bergen SO, Lahti SO and the Danish Radio Sinfonietta. Since his debut with the St Petersburg Philharmonic in 1996, he has returned several times. He has also conducted extensively in Europe including concerts with the Berlin Symphoniker, RTL Luxembourg Orchestra, Winterthur Orchestra and the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse. A recent highlight was a performance of the Missa Solemnis with the Dresden Philharmonic. Further afield he has also conducted in Israel, Singapore, Taipei, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.
Justin Brown studied at Cambridge University and subsequently at Tanglewood with Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein. He made his conducting debut with the celebrated British stage première of Bernstein’s Mass. Following that, he became widely renowned for his work in the world of opera, joining the staff of English National Opera, and later Scottish Opera and conducting a varied repertoire including Cosi fan Tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, Madame Butterfly, La Boheme, Macbeth, Falstaff and The Cunning Little Vixen, alongside contemporary works such as Berg’s Wozzeck and Judith Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom. Whilst in Glasgow he also founded the St. Bride’s Chamber Orchestra, performing a wide range of repertoire with soloists such as Evelyn Glennie and Jane Eaglen.
Internationally, Justin Brown’s performances of Fidelio at Lisbon’s Teatro San Carlo, La Traviata and The Love of Three Oranges in Stuttgart, Don Giovanni in Frankfurt, Il Turco in Italia in Nantes and Carmen, La Traviata and Un Ballo in Maschera at the Norwegian Opera in Oslo have brought him great success. Last season he also conducted semi-stage performances of Porgy and Bess in Norrköping and Carmen in Malmö with Anne Sophie von Otter in the title role.