Biography

Conductor Lawrence Foster has been Music Director of l'Opéra de Marseille and l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille since 2013. Previously he has held Music Directorships with the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. 
Mr. Foster is frequently invited to work with internationally renowned orchestras such as Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Konzerthausorchester Berlin as well as orchestras in Cologne, Frankfurt, Budapest, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. He has deep musical friendships with outstanding soloists such as Evgeny Kissin, Arcadi Volodos, and Arabella Steinbacher. 
In addition to highly successful productions in Marseille, he regularly conducts at the opera houses in Frankfurt, Hamburg, San Francisco and Monte Carlo. With great success he led a concert performance of Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest and a production of La Traviata at the Savonlinna Opera Festival. 
Following an utmost fruitful ten-year tenure as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Mr. Foster was appointed Conductor Laureate. International tours have led him and the orchestra to Germany, Spain, Brazil, as well as to important festivals such as Kissinger Sommer, many times with famous soloists like Lang Lang.
Mr. Foster's discography includes a number of highly acclaimed recordings for PentaTone Classics, notably of violin works with Arabella Steinbacher as well as of Bartok’s Two Portraits, Ligeti’s Romanian Concerto, Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta and Háry Janos Suite, and the Four Symphonies by Robert Schumann with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and Strauss’ Zigeunerbaron with NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover.
Born in 1941 in Los Angeles to Romanian parents, Lawrence Foster has been a major champion of the music of Georg Enescu - he was decorated for his merits to Romanian Music by the Romanian President.
 

Discography

Gordon Getty - Usher House

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Bruch - Korngold Violin Concertos & Chausson Poème

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Rachmaninov & Grieg - Piano Concertos

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Zoltán Kodály, Béla Bartók, György Ligeti - Orchestral Works

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Salieri Requiem in C minor, Beethoven Meeresstille und Glückliche Fahrt, Schubert Intende voci

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Rubert Schumann - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

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Robert Schumann - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

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Frédéric Chopin - The 2 Piano Concertos

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Johann Strauss Jr. - Der Zigeunerbaron (Operetta in 3 Acts; version 1886)

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Fantasies, Rhapsodies and Daydreams

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Verdi - Otello

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