Lawrence Renes was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Het Gelders Orkest (Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra in the Netherlands)from 1998 to 2003. He also has served as Director of Opera at Bremen Theatre and General Music Director of the Bremer Philharmoniker, concluding his tenure there in 2006 with performances of Strauss’s Metamorphosen and Mahler’s Lied von der Erde. Renes regularly conducts at Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, where a recent highlight of this collaboration was the Nobel Peace Prize Gala Concert with Renée Fleming in 2006. Renes’ symphony engagements include many of Europe’s most prestigious orchestras: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, BBC and Gothenburg Symphonies, Teatro Carlo Felice-Genoa, MDR Leipzig and WDR Köln, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Danish National Symphony Orchestras, Symphony Orchestras of Bamberg and Malmö, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony, and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. In the U.S. he has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Minnesota, Seattle, Houston, Detroit, Indianapolis, and St. Louis Symphonies. In 2007, he conducted the U.S. premiere of Tan Dun’s Tea with Santa Fe Opera, appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, and returned to Netherlands Opera for the European premiere of John Adams’ Dr Atomic. He makes his Seattle Opera debut with Richard Strauss’s Elektra in 2008. He will conduct the U.K. premiere of Dr. Atomic at the English National Opera in 2009, followed by a debut with Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, leading Stravinksy's Rake's Progress.