In recent years Edward Farmer has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Strings, Gstaad Festival Orchestra, and in 2017/18 he looks forward to working with London Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera i Filharmonia Podlaska (Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic) and continuing in his role as Music Director of London Arts Orchestra.
Edward grew up in Yorkshire, England and graduated with a Masters Degree from the Royal College of Music in London. During his studies Edward founded London Arts Orchestra (LAO), an ensemble described as "an intoxicating combination of arts, visuals, music, and storytelling" by the Huffington Post. HIs work in the field of cross-arts performance has led Edward to develop a unique approach amongst conductors. As a passionate advocate for classical music and talented concert presenter, he is a dynamic figure both on and off the podium, attracting new audiences to his concerts and talks.
After his studies at the Royal College of Music Edward served as Assistant Conductor to Ivan Fischer and Budapest Festival Orchestra, assisting Maestro Fischer in concerts, on tour, and in recording sessions for Channel Classics. He has taken part in masterclasses, lessons and training programmes under the tutelage of Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Zinman, Neeme Järvi, Peter Stark, Robert Dean, Pierre-Andre Valade, Ilan Volkov, Sian Edwards and Leonid Grin.
As a composer, Edward was selected by the Royal Opera House to work in their opera development programme VOX, working with a range of international artists: singers, directors and librettists, on the development of new opera scenes. His music has been broadcast on UK television and nominated for a european film music award. Edward recently presented his thoughts on the future of classical music performance in a TEDx talk entitled “The Power of Familiarity”.