sianSian Edwards studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, and with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory. Currently Head of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, London, she has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland, Berlin Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras; and the Orchestre de Paris, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, London Sinfonietta and the Hallé. She also enjoys a close relationship with Ensemble Modern in Germany.

She made her opera debut in 1986, conducting Fall und Aufstieg der Stadt Mahagonny for Scottish Opera, and her Royal Opera debut in 1988 with The Knot Garden. Formerly Music Director of ENO (1993–5), she has conducted productions in Munich, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Vienna and Aspen, and at the Opéra Comique, Paris.

Recent and future opera engagements include The Rape of Lucretia and La traviata at the Theater an der Wien, Vienna; The Rake’s Progress and Bluebeard’s Castle for Scottish Opera; David Bruce’s Nothing at Glyndebourne; Thomas Adès’s The Tempest in Frankfurt; Luke Bedford’s Through His Teeth at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House; and King Priam in concert at the Brighton Festival.