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Adam Gatehouse has enjoyed a distinguished and varied career. First as a conductor, working internationally in Europe, the USA and the Far East both as a freelance and as music director with Ballet Rambert in the UK, the Dutch National Ballet and Dutch National Youth Orchestra, and making guest appearances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Fenice in Venice, the Salle Pleyel in Paris and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. He also appeared with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Holland, the Lamoureux Orchestra in Paris, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra among others.
He subsequently worked at BBC Radio 3, first as an Executive Producer, later as Editor Live Music, where he was responsible, among other things, for launching and directing the Wigmore Hall Lunchtime Concert Series and the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists scheme, helping launch the careers of many of today’s leading young musicians, including the Belcea Quartet, Alison Balsom, Alice Coote, Lisa Batiashvili, Paul Lewis, Benjamin Grosvenor and Igor Levit.
In 2006 he founded and directed the internationally acclaimed Festival de Valloires in Picardy, France.
Between 2007 and 2015 he served on the juries of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and the Leeds International Piano Competition.
In 2015 Adam was appointed Co-Artistic Director with Paul Lewis of the Leeds International Piano Competition, and since 2018 has acted as sole Artistic Director. In that capacity he has overseen a complete re-visioning of the Competition, with its International First Round in 17 worldwide cities, worldwide streaming, the Leeds International Piano Series and a unique prize package. He has also spearheaded the Competition’s highly successful and innovative Learning and Engagement programme, bringing the Piano to new and exciting young audiences.