Antony Hermus is Principal Guest Conductor of the North Netherlands Orchestra, Artistic Advisor of the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands and Principal Guest Conductor of Opera North.
Having firmly established his symphonic career in his native Holland - where he regularly conducts all the major orchestras, including the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic - Hermus is increasingly sought-after elsewhere. He has recently appeared with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Scottish and BBC Philharmonic, Danish National, Orchestre National Belgique, Suisse Romande, Melbourne Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic, among others. He has a wide repertoire which also encompasses many living composers, and a particularly close relationship with Unsuk Chin, whose Piano Concerto he conducted with the Helsinki Philharmonic and Swedish Radio Symphony in 2019. In December 2020 he returns to conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
He has conducted extensively and throughout his career in opera houses across Europe, notably in Stuttgart, Strasbourg, Gothenburg, at the Komische Oper Berlin, the Opéra de Paris studio, Essen and the Nederlandse Reisopera; and was due to make his English National Opera debut in Spring 2020 with a new production of Rusalka, until the pandemic cut short the final rehearsals. He was Music Director in Dessau from 2009, where he was nominated “Conductor of the Year” by Opernwelt for three years in succession, ending his tenure in summer 2015 with his first Ring cycle and promotion to Honorary Conductor. Before Dessau he had progressed from Repetiteur to Music Director (aged 29) in Hagen, winning many awards for his work there.
In 2017 CPO released his much-praised recording with the Bamberg Symphony of tone poems by the Dutch Romantic composer Alphons Diepenbrock, following their recording together of works by Siegmund von Hausegger. His discography on the same label includes works by Wagenaar, Klughardt, and Auber’s opera La Muette de Portici.
Born in Holland, Antony Hermus started playing the piano at the age of six. He studied piano with Jacques de Tiège at the Tilburg Music Conservatory and conducting with Jac van Steen and Georg Fritzsch. He is Visiting Guest Professor at the Amsterdam Conservatoire.
"Truly a top performance. An interpretation in which courage and quality competed for priority. Antony Hermus is the big trigger and driver of this courage. Hermus built the first part of the symphony with a master's hand. The string sound was to die for… unforgettable. The emotion was vibrating in the room. Magic."
Five stars. De Trouw, December 2019
"Antony Hermus’ superb conducting takes all the prizes in this new production from the Opera du Rhin…quick-silver, volcanic conducting”
Diapason, October 2019
“Hermus, who is one of today’s great motivators, led the Strasbourg orchestra with passion through the stormy sound world, demanding the utmost in focus and precision, resulting in wonderful flexibility and variety… The orchestra let themselves be carried along by Hermus, playing with great emotion and indeed chutzpa.”
Badische Zeitung, October 2019