Benjamin Bayl

Director of the Early Music Program

Benjamin Bayl, Australian-Dutch conductor is Associate Director of The Hanover Band, and Co-Founder & Guest Director of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra. He recently made his conducting debut in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with Collegium Vocale Gent and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and was immediately re-invited to conduct them on a European tour with the music of CPE Bach. Working extensively in the early music field (both as conductor or directing from the keyboard) recent and regular collaborations include The Hanover Band, Concerto Copenhagen, Akamus, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra, {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna and Warsaw Chamber Opera. In the realm of opera, he has conducted at Wiener Staatsoper (Fatima oder von den mutigen Kindern), Opera Zuid (Die Zauberflöte), Theater an der Wien (Candide), Dutch National Opera / Nederlands Reisopera (Il matrimonio segreto), Staatsoper Berlin (Fairy Queen / AscheMond), Royal Danish Opera (Don Giovanni), Danish National Opera & Cartagena Festival (Così fan tutte), Opera Vlaanderen (Idomeneo), Den Norske Opera (Don Giovanni), Opera Australia (Orlando), Opera de Oviedo (Agrippina & Le nozze di Figaro), Budapest State Opera (Fairy Queen & Così fan tutte), Polish National Opera (La clemenza di Tito), Deutsche Oper am Rhein & Teatro Comunale di Sassari (Carmen), NorrlandsOperan (Le nozze di Figaro), Warsaw Chamber Opera (La finta semplice, Pygmalion & Lully's Armide), Opera Neo San Diego (La Calisto & Partenope), and Nordic Opera (L’incoronazione di Poppea & Cavalli’s Gli amore d’Apollo e di Dafne). 

Benjamin has also made highly successful debuts in recent seasons with such orchestras as Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Musikfest Berlin in the Berlin Philharmonie, and Ruhrtrienniale Festival), Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Aachen, Britten Sinfonia, Netherlands Youth Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano, Orchestra Sinfonica G.Rossini, Orchestra i Pomeriggi Musicali and Orchestra Filharmonica di Torino, as well as the Slovak Youth Orchestra, whom he led this summer in the Konzerthaus Berlin’s Young Euro Classic Festival.


He was the first Australian Organ Scholar of the Choir of King’s College Cambridge, UK, after which he studied historical performance at Basel’s Schola Cantorum and orchestral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music with Colin Metters and George Hurst. An alumnus of the National Opera Studio, he became Assistant Conductor to the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer in 2006, and was also mentored by and assisted Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Richard Hickox, Harry Christophers, and Ivor Bolton. From 2007-2010 he served as Assistant Artistic Director to the Gabrieli Consort & Paul McCreesh, and also worked with Fischer and Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

Future season highlights include concerts with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic & Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, Sinfonieorchester Aachen, Slovak Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra, a Beethoven cycle with the Hanover Band, andDon Giovanniwith NorrlandsOperan.