Profile: Principal Conductor of Milton Keynes City Orchestra
Sian Edwards studied with Sir Charles Groves at the Royal Northern College of Music before winning a scholarship to the Leningrad Conservatoire, where she was taught by Prof. I A. Musin. After winning the first Leeds Conductors' Competition in 1984 she began her professional career, working with the City of Birmingham Symphony and Halle Orchestras, and Scottish Opera. She subsequently worked at Glyndebourne and The Royal Opera, conducted concerts throughout Europe and the US and also developed her work in contemporary music with the Ensemble Modern. From 1993 – 1995 Sian was Music Director of English National Opera but since then has preferred to work as a freelance conductor. Engagements this season include concerts in Vienna and Cologne with Klangforum Wien and with the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra, and projects with Stuttgart Ballet and the Ensemble Modern. In 2013/14 she will return to Frankfurt Opera for a production of Thomas Ades' The Tempest and conduct a production of La Traviata for the Theater an der Wien, Vienna. She has been associated with MKCO since 2002.