Sian Edwards studied at the RNCM and with Professor A.I. Musin at the Leningrad Conservatoire. She has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras including Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland, Orchestre de Paris, Berlin Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Hallé, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and enjoys a regular relationship with the Ensemble Modern.
She made her operatic debut in 1986 conducting Weill's Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny for Scottish Opera, and her ROH debut in 1988 with Tippett's The Knot Garden. From 1993 to 1995 she was Music Director of ENO for whom her repertoire included Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, Janaceks Jenufa, Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades and Blond Eckbert (also recorded on Collins). For the Glyndebourne Festival she has conducted Verdis La Traviata and the Ravel Double Bill, and for Glyndebourne Touring Opera Katya Kabanova and Tippett's New Year. She conducted the world premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage’s Greek at the Munich Biennale in 1988. Recent engagements have included the world premiere of Hans Gefors' Clara for the Opéra Comique in Paris, Mozarts Cosi fan tutte in Aspen, her return to ENO for Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni in Copenhagen, Berlioz’ La Damnation de Faust in Helsinki, Peter Grimes, Bloch’s Macbeth, and The Queen of Spades in Frankfurt and Jenufa for Welsh National Opera. At Theater an der Wien she conducted at last Heggie’s Dead Man Walking in 2007 and at a guest performance of the theatre in Brno of Janaceks Katja Kabanova in 2008.