He was born in England. He studied at Cambridge University and at Tanglewood with Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein.
He is Music Director Laureate of the Alabama Symphony in the United States. From 2008 to 2020, he served as Music Director of the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe. He commissioned and was in charge of the world premiere of Wahnfried, Avner Dorman's first opera which was hailed as a masterpiece by the specialist press.
As a guest conductor, he has worked with many of the world's top orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Birmingham City Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Symphony and Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
He has conducted in companies such as the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Frankfurt Opera, Welsh National Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Stuttgart Staatsoper, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, La Monnaie, Santa Fe Opera and the Bayerische Staatsoper.