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Hailed for the natural ease of his conducting and the compelling insight of his musicianship, James Gaffigan continues to attract international attention as one of the most outstanding American conductors working today. He is Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra, Cologne.

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Hailed for the natural ease of his conducting and the compelling insight of his musicianship, James Gaffigan continues to attract international attention as one of the most outstanding American conductors working today. He is Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra, Cologne.


In addition to these titled positions, James Gaffigan is in high demand working with leading orchestras and opera houses throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. In recent seasons, James Gaffigan’s guest engagements have included the Munich, London and Rotterdam Philharmonics, Dresden Staatskapelle, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra (Berlin), Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, RSO Berlin, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle, Bournemouth Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Leipzig and Stuttgart Radio Orchestras, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Sydney Symphony and the Qatar Philharmonic. In the States, he has worked with the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, San Francisco and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Baltimore and National Symphony Orchestras and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. In the 14/15 season he returns to the Vienna Symphony, Orchestre National de Paris, BBC Symphony and the orchestras of Cleveland, Vancouver and Los Angeles amongst others.


As an opera conductor, James Gaffigan made his Vienna State Opera debut in 2011/12 conducting ‘La Bohème’ and was immediately invited back to conduct ‘Don Giovanni’ the following season.  Mr Gaffigan continues his relationship with the Glyndebourne Festival – in 2012, he conducted a production of ‘La Cenerentola’ and returned for performances of ‘Falstaff’ in summer 2013. He made his professional opera debut at the Zurich Opera in 2005 conducting ‘La Bohème’. In the States, he has conducted ‘Don Giovanni’ and ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ at both the Aspen Music Festival and the Houston Opera. Highlights of the coming season in opera feature performances of ‘Salome’ with Hamburg Opera, ‘Rigoletto’ with Netherlands Philharmonic and ‘La Traviata’ with Norwegian Opera.
James Gaffigan’s first recording with the Lucerne Symphony for Harmonia Mundi, an all-Wolfgang Rihm disc, received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, while the second recording for Harmonia Mundi will be an all-Dvorak disc featuring ‘Symphony No. 6’ and the ‘American Suite’.  He is also in the process of recording the complete Prokofiev symphonies with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.


In 2009, Mr Gaffigan completed a three-year tenure as Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony where he assisted Michael Tilson Thomas, led subscription concerts and was Artistic Director of the orchestra’s Summer festival. Prior to that appointment, he was the Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra where he worked under Music Director Franz Welser-Möst from 2003 through 2006. James Gaffigan's international career was launched when he was named a first prize winner at the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition. He lives in Lucerne with his wife and their two children. For more information please visit

www.jamesgaffigan.com. https://twitter.com/jamesgaffigan


September 2014. Not to be altered in any way without prior approval by IMG Artists.

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"Lightness, transparency, geniality, warmth and a keen sense of symphonic inexorability – these and other admirable qualities keep the first movement of Gaffigan’s Dvořák Sixth consistently engaging. "

Gramophone Magazine, September 2014

"...there is something especially winning about the way Gaffigan and the orchestra dedine the music's character, bringing rhythmic zest and hearty brilliance to the Bohemian 'furiant'..."

The Telegraph, October 2014 (Dvorak Symphony No.6 CD Review)

" I can’t wait to hear more."

Gramophone Magazine, September 2014

"There is little doubt that James Gaffigan is . . . well on his way to being one of the greats of his generation."

TheatreJones, April 2012

"Gaffigan is another gifted young American conductor … He's clear in his beat and gestures, and everything about his conducting tells orchestra players how he feels about the music and what they are to express. Let's have Gaffigan back for more such adventures at Grant Park – and the CSO, for that matter."

Chicago Tribune, July 2012

"Gaffigan is one of those rare conductors ... who not only shows you how a piece should sound, but what it means."

Toronto Globe and Mail

"This is an absolute knockout ... James Gaffigan's conducting is thrilling in its precision and control."

The Guardian, May 2012

"... tying the whole show neatly together is the sparky conducting of ... James Gaffigan. He cooks up a great storm scene, some brilliantly zingy ensembles - and an all-important dash of fairytale sugar."

The Times, May 2012