Lawrence Renes

Lawrence Renes (born 1970) is a Dutch-Maltese conductor. Renes studied violin at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and conducting at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, from which he graduated cum laude in 1993.

Renes was the first prize winner at the 1992 Nederlandse Omroep Stichting conducting course NIS. In 1992, he also won the Elisabeth Everts Prize. He made his professional conducting debut with the Orchestra of Gran Canaria. He has served as an assistant conductor to Edo de Waart with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. His international prominence increased after his emergency replacement of Riccardo Chailly to conduct a 1995 concert with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 1996, Renes was named principal guest conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. Renes became chief conductor of Het Gelders Orkest (Arnhem, the Netherlands) in 1998 and held the post through 2002.

Outside of the Netherlands, Renes became principal guest conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra in 1996. He served as Generalmusikdirektor of the Bremer Philharmoniker from 2001 to 2006. In November 2011, Renes was named the next chief conductor of the Royal Swedish Opera (Kungliga Operan), as of the 2012-2013 season, with an initial contract through the 2016-2017 season.[1]

In contemporary music, Renes has championed the music of John Adams. He conducted both the first commercial recording of Adams' opera Doctor Atomic, with De Nederlandse Opera,[2] and the UK premiere of the work at English National Opera.[3] In October 2016, he conducted a new production of Adams Nixon in China at Stockholm'sKungliga Operan. The piece was directed by Michael Cavanagh. He has also conducted commercial recordings on such labels as Erato.[4]


  1. "Lawrence Renes - Ny chefdirigent på Kungliga Operan" (Press release). Kungliga Operan. 30 November 2011. Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 2011-12-25.
  2. Doyle, Alicia M. (March 2010). "Doctor Atomic" (PDF). Notes. 66 (3): 628–629. doi:10.1353/not.0.0308. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  3. Andrew Clements (2009-02-27). "Doctor Atomic (Coliseum, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  4. David Mermelstein (1998-05-10). "Classical Briefs (Vieuxtemps: Violin Concertos Nos. 2, 4, 5)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
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Preceded by
Roberto Benzi
Chief Conductor, Het Gelders Orkest
Succeeded by
Martin Sieghart
Preceded by
Günter Neuhold
Chief Conductor, Bremer Philharmoniker
Succeeded by
Markus Poschner
Preceded by
Alberto Hold-Garrido
Chief Conductor, Royal Swedish Opera
Succeeded by
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