Elected: 2019
Discipline: History, Theory and Practice of the Creative and Performing Arts
Sir Donald Cameron Runnicles Kt, OBE, HonFRSE

Generalmusikdirektor, Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Sir Donald Runnicles is the General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival, as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He is also Conductor Emeritus of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, having served as its Chief Conductor from 2009 to 2016. Donald enjoys close enduring relationships with many of the most significant opera companies and symphony orchestras. Previous posts include Music Director of the San Francisco Opera (1992-2008), Principal Conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s (2001-2007) and General Music Director of the Theatre Freiburg (1989-1993). Born and raised in Edinburgh, he received an OBE in 2004 and holds honorary degrees from the University of Edinburgh, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He was awarded the 2017 Royal Medal from the Royal Society of Edinburgh.