Conductor“Ian Page and The Mozartists always combine fascinating programming with thrilling music-making, and this first excursion into the dramatic heart of Sturm und Drangis no exception.” (Gramophone) Founder, conductor and artistic director of The Mozartists in London, Ian Page is widely recognized for his groundbreaking performances and recordings of the works of Mozart and his contemporaries.
Ian Page is the founder, conductor and artistic director of The Mozartists (formerly Classical Opera) in London. He began his musical training as a chorister at Westminster Abbey, and studied English Literature at the University of York and piano and conducting at the Royal Academy of Music. His mentors included Georg Tintner and Sir Charles Mackerras, and before founding Classical Opera in 1997 he worked on the music staff at Scottish Opera, Opera Factory and Glyndebourne. With Classical Opera he has conducted most of Mozart’s operas, including the world premières of the ‘original’ version of Mitridate, re di Ponto and a new completion of Zaide, as well as the UK premières of Gluck’s La clemenza di Tito, Telemann’s Orpheus, Jommelli’s Il Vologeso, Haydn’s Applausus and Hasse’s Piramo e Tisbe, and the first staging for 250 years of Johann Christian Bach’s Adriano in Siria.
Other engagements included the opening concerts at the 2017 Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt and Händel’s Ariodante with Ann Hallenberg at Drottningholm in 2019. In 2009 he made his Royal Opera House début conducting Arne’s Artaxerxes at the Linbury Theatre, and his studio recording of the work was released in 2011 on Linn Records. He has devised and conducted numerous recordings for Classical Opera and The Mozartists, and in 2012 he embarked on a new complete cycle of Mozart opera recordings on Signum Classics. He is also the driving force behind MOZART 250, Classical Opera’s ground-breaking 27-year journey through Mozart’s life and works, which launched in January 2015 to critical acclaim. Future projects include a new series of ‘Sturm und Drang’ recordings on Signum Classics (Volume 1 was released in May 2020) and débuts at La Seine Musicale in Paris and Bozar in Brussels.