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 has made highly successful debuts in recent seasons with Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Musikfest Berlin in the Berlin Philharmonie, and Ruhrtrienniale Festival), Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Bochumer Symphoniker, 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.
He is co-founder and Principal Guest Conductor of Australia’s period instrument Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra (ARCO), co-Artistic Director of Odissea and was founder and Artistic Director 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 Assistant Conductor to the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer at the beginning of his career, following conducting studies at the Royal Academy of Music; he continues to work with Fischer in Budapest and with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. He was also Assistant Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort and Players.
In the world of opera, he has conducted for Opera Australia (Orlando), Staatsoper Berlin / Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (Fairy Queen/AscheMond), Opera de Oviedo (Agrippina & Le nozze di Figaro), Royal Danish Opera (Don Giovanni), Den Jyske Opera (Così fan tutte), NorrlandsOperan (Le nozze di Figaro), Taipei Symphony Orchestra (La Clemenza di Tito), Teatro Comunale di Sassari (Carmen) and English Touring Opera (Ariodante). He also conducted Dido & Aeneas, Acis & Galatea and Fairy Queen in Berlin, Split and Zagreb Summer Festivals, Arne’s Judgement of Paris at the Wigmore Hall and Gluck’s Il parnaso confuso at London’s South Bank Centre (both for Bampton Classical Opera), as well as 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.
Highlights of the 16/17 season include concerts with Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano, Bremer Philharmoniker, Orchestra of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Orchestra i pomeriggi musicali, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, a tour of China with The Hanover Band, a tour of Europe with B’Rock and Vocalconsort Berlin, Mozart's La finta semplice at Warsaw Chamber Opera, and concerts in Oviedo, Wroclaw, London, Sydney and Melbourne.
Benjamin has built up lasting relationships with major opera houses, most notably in Vienna, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Strasbourg, Copenhagen, and Sydney, with conductors including Gardiner, Fischer, Maazel, Bolton, Bicket, and Hickox. He is Assistant Conductor and fortepianist for the new Deutsche Grammophon Mozart Operas cycle, having so far recorded Don Giovanni with Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Così fan tutte & Le nozze di Figaro with Chamber Orchestra of Europe, all with Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Other collaborations include Otello with Daniel Harding and Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Giulio Cesare with Emmanuelle Haïm and Le concert d’Astrée at Opéra National de Paris, and Gluck’s Alceste with Ivor Bolton and Freiburger Barockorchester at the Wiener Staatsoper. He was also conductor-on-set for Juan, a new feature film based on Don Giovanni and directed by Kasper Holten. In his earlier years as a continuo player, he performed, toured and recorded with Concerto Copenhagen, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, The English Concert, The Sixteen, Gabrieli Consort & Players and His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts.