Benjamin Bayl is Associate Director of The Hanover Band and Co-Founder and Guest Director of the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra. Born and raised in Sydney, he was the first Australian Organ Scholar of King’s College Cambridge, and then studied conducting at the Royal Academy of Music. An alumnus of the National Opera Studio, he became Assistant Conductor to the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer, and was also mentored by and assisted Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Richard Hickox, Harry Bicket and Ivor Bolton. From 2007-2010 he served as Assistant Artistic Director to the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh, and also worked with Fischer and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.
He recently made his conducting debut in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with Collegium Vocale Gent and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and was immediately re-invited to conduct them on a European tour with the music of CPE Bach. Working extensively in the early music field (both as conductor or directing from the keyboard) recent and regular collaborations include The Hanover Band, Concerto Copenhagen, Concerto Köln, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra, B’Rock, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and Warsaw Chamber Opera.
In the realm of opera, he has conducted at Wiener Staatsoper (Fatima oder von den mutigen Kindern), Dutch National Opera (Il matrimonio segreto), Staatsoper Berlin (Fairy Queen), Royal Danish Opera (Don Giovanni), Danish National Opera (Così fan tutte), Opera Vlaanderen (Idomeneo), Opera Australia (Orlando), Opera de Oviedo (Agrippina and Le nozze di Figaro), Budapest State Opera (Fairy Queen and Così fan tutte), Polish National Opera (La clemenza di Tito), Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Teatro Comunale di Sassari (Carmen), Theater an der Wien (Candide), Cartagena Festival Colombia (Così fan tutte), NorrlandsOperan (Le nozze di Figaro), Warsaw Chamber Opera (La finta semplice, Pygmalion and Armide) and Nordic Opera (L’incoronazione di Poppea and Cavalli’s Gli amore d’Apollo e di Dafne).
Benjamin has made highly successful debuts in recent seasons with such orchestras as Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Bochumer Symphoniker, Britten Sinfonia, Netherlands Youth Orchestra, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano, and Orchestra Filharmonica di Torino, as well as numerous orchestras throughout Scandinavia, conducting a broad range of repertoire from the great Viennese classics, historically informed Baroque and Romantic music, and new commissions. He is often invited to present the oratorios of Bach, Handel, Mozart and Haydn.
Current and forthcoming season highlights include concerts with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano, Filharmonica Torino, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Bremer Philharmoniker, Warsaw Philharmonic, Orchestra i Pomeriggi Musicali, Sinfonia Varsovia, Opera Zuid (Die Zauberflöte), and the Young Euro Klassik Festival in Berlin. Benjamin is thrilled to return to ANAM and to work with VOCES8 for the first time. benjaminbayl.com