Howard Griffiths was born in England and studied at the Royal College of Music in London. He has lived in Switzerland since 1981. He was appointed the Artistic Director of the Orpheum Foundation for the Advancement of Young Soloists in 2001. From 1996 to 2006 he was a highly successful Artistic Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and since 2007 he has been the General Music Director of the Brandenburg State Orchestra. Howard Griffiths has appeared as a guest conductor with leading orchestras all over the world, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the Orchestre National de France, Radio Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also worked closely with many renowned artists, such as Maurice André, Kathleen Battle, Joshua Bell, Sir James Galway, Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Evelyn Glennie, Edita Gruberova, Mischa Maisky, Güher and Süher Pekinel, Maria João Pires, Mikhail Pletnev, Julian Rachlin, Vadim Repin, Fazil Say, Gil Shaham and Thomas Zehetmair. Some 100 CD recordings bear witness to Howard Griffiths’ broad artistic range, many of which have won prizes. In 2006, Queen Elizabeth II made Howard Griffiths a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to music in Switzerland.