John Warner is Founder and Artistic Director of Orchestra for the Earth, Music Director of Oxford Opera, and has conducted orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic. He also regularly assists conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and Daniel Harding, working with the Orchestre de Paris, Dresden Staatskapelle, Wiener Symponiker and others. Other recent invitations have included Het Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival in Amsterdam, British Youth Opera and King’s Place. He has participated in masterclasses with Marin Alsop and was a Britten Pears Young Artist 2020.
His pioneering work with Orchestra for the Earth takes him across Europe for a wide variety of concerts that bring together music and nature, collaborating with leading environmental artists, scientists and charities, as well as a range of soloists including Thomas Hampson. Together they are regular guests at festivals such as the Richard Strauss Festival Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the Gustav Mahler Musikwochen Toblach and the Gustav Mahler Festival Steinbach am Attersee, where they have set up a new nature reserve in Mahler’s name.
Equally at home in the operatic repertoire, he recently conducted the premiere of a new opera, Der Atlantis-Code by Frank Scheffer at the Philharmonie Luxembourg. He conducts a full-scale production each year as Music Director of Oxford Opera, and has previously worked with Anthony Negus at Longborough Festival Opera on their productions of Die Fliegende Holländer and Der Ring des Nibelungen. He has also conducted Wagner in concert, including a recent semi-staged production of excerpts from Tristan und Isolde.