Andrea Quinn

Biography

"Andrea Quinn is a phenomenon! Her baton technique is fascinating, in itself varied and elegant but also effective and distinctive. She infuses force and concentration into the slightest detail"

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Andrea Quinn in concert

  • Music Director Norrlands Operan, Sweden, 2005-2009
  • Music Director New York City Ballet, USA, 2001-2006
  • Music Director The Royal Ballet, London, 1998-2001

Andrea Quinn studied conducting at The Royal Academy of Music, with Colin Metters, George Hurst and John Carewe, leaving with the Ernest Read and Ricordi Conducting prizes. She went on to win the NAYO Conductor’s Bursary enabling study in Hungary and later she became an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College of Music.

In 1993 she won the Royal Ballet Companies competition ‘Conduct for Dance’, after which she rapidly developed a career conducting for ballet. Andrea Quinn has worked with many of the world’s leading companies including Dutch National Ballet, Swedish Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and New Zealand Ballet. For 3 years, she was Music Director of the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden. In 2001 she and her family moved to New York where she was appointed Music Director of New York City Ballet. Having returned to the UK in 2006 for family reasons, she has continued to be much in demand as a conductor for the ballet. 2013/2014 engagements include work with Bordeaux Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet and Boston Ballet.


Andrea Quinn’s concert career developed alongside her work in the pit and she has worked with several of Great Britain’s leading orchestras, including BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The Halle Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Her tenure at Norrlands Operan featured innovative programming with an emphasis on contemporary works such as James Macmillan’s The Confession of Isobel Gowdie and Kalevi Aho’s Clarinet Concerto. Some years earlier, Andrea Quinn was Music Director of the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, with whom she performed some of the giants of the orchestral repertoire alongside large scale contemporary pieces such as Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain’s Journey.


She has worked with numerous orchestras abroad, including the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras; several orchestras in Scandinavia including NRK Orchestra in Oslo; L’ensemble de Paris with whom she has recorded, L’Orchestre Ile de France, Opera de Rouen; several orchestras in the U.S. including North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.


Andrea Quinn's flourishing career as an operatic conductor has included projects with The Flying Dutchman in Norrlands Operan, Aida with Malmo Opera, Misper (a commissioned opera for children) at Glyndebourne and The Merry Widow at Opera North.


Andrea Quinn conducted a recording of Paul McCartney’s ‘Tuesday’ with the London Symphony orchestra for EMI Records, for which she was nominated as Female Artist of the Year by the British Phonographic Industry’s inaugural Classic Brit Awards. Her premiere recording of Thierry Pecou’s L’oiseau Innumerable for Harmonia Mundi earned international accolades, as did her recording of the Saint Saens Piano Concertos with Brigitte Engerer, which won the RTL d'Or du Mois.