Gerry Cornelius was born in London and studied music and conducting at Durham University, the Royal Academy of Music and the State Conservatory of St Petersburg where he was in the class of Ilya Musin. In 2018/19 season he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of English National Ballet with whom he has conducted RITE OF SPRING, Akram Khan’s GISELLE, THE NUTCRACKER, SWAN LAKE and ROMEO AND JULIET at the London Coliseum, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the Royal Albert Hall and on various foreign tours. Since making UK debut at the Almeida Opera Festival, he has conducted many of the country’s leading orchestras, opera and ballet companies including English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera Group, English Touring Opera, English National Ballet, The New York City Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Halle Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, RuhrTriennale Opera Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr, musikFabrik Cologne, Festival d’Automne Paris and Spitalfields Festival.
As well as mainstream repertoire, he is particularly in demand to conduct major new works. These include the world premieres of Tansy Davies’ BETWEEN WORLDS for ENO and Catherine Kontz’s NEIGE in Luxemburg, the British premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s AMERICAN LULU for the Opera Group at the Edinburgh Festival and subsequently at the Bregenz Festival and the Young Vic, London, MAUDITE SOIT LA GUERRE for London Sinfonietta, and award-winning new operas and ensemble pieces by George Benjamin, Olga Neuwirth, Thomas Adès, Julian Anderson, Judith Weir, Richard Causton, Tansy Davies, Colin Matthews, Errollyn Wallen, Edward Rushton, Julian Philips and Elena Langer.
In education he has been a visiting conductor and tutor at the University of London Goldsmiths, English National Opera Studio, Royal College Music and Royal Academy of Music. He was the Associate Conductor for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and conducted concerts for children with the BBC Concert Orchestra and large scale community projects for WNO and Spitalfields Festival.
Recent engagements include the new production of MACBETH for English Touring Opera, Akram Khan’s GISELLE in Luxembourg, Moscow and Madrid and NUTCRACKER and LE CORSAIRE for ENB and Carmon DeLeone’s PETER PAN for Hong Kong Ballet.