Lewis Gaston - Guest Conductor
Lewis Gaston began as a music scholar and chorister in Brentwood, going on to read music at Royal Holloway University of London where he gained a BMus Hons. As well as conducting at Royal Holloway he studied conducting in the UK and abroad with notable conductors including the late George Hurst (UK), Roberto Paternostro (Austria), Giuseppe Lanzetta (Italy), Yoav Talmi (Israel) and the opera conductor Dejan Savić (Serbia). Lewis studied trombone, bassoon and piano.
Lewis now works as a conductor and assistant in the UK and abroad. His work has been recognised in International Competitions, Masterclasses and he enjoys a schedule of work that combines performance, education and research. He has been Guest Conductor for the Brasov Philarmonic (Romania) and the Toscana Classica Orchestra (Italy). He has also conducted the Berlin Sinfonietta, Camerata di Fiorentina and the State Opera Rousse (Bulgaria). Lewis is Music Director of Opera Holloway, Guildford Opera, Genesis Chorale and acts as Guest Conductor to a number of London orchestras.
In 2016 Lewis conducted operas by Bizet, Gluck, Weber, Verdi, Puccini, Smetana and Donizetti as well as a range of orchestral and choral works. As a lecturer and conductor for Opera Prelude, Lewis has given the UK premiere of Mercadante's opera Don Chisciotte alle nozze di Gamaccio, lectured on Gluck, Berlioz, Viardot and Lord Leighton as part of an event including the performance of Gluck's Orphée, and continued working on lecture series.
The FSO is delighted to be working with Lewis for its first concert of the 2017-2018 season, an all-British programme at Princes Hall, Aldershot, on November 18th.