Born in Jamaica, with Russian ancestry, Andrew Gourlay grew up in the Bahamas, Philippines, Japan and England. A trombonist and pianist by training, he studied conducting at the Royal College of Music, where he prepared Bruckner symphonies for Bernard Haitink and Mozart symphonies for Sir Roger Norrington. He was selected by Gramophone magazine as their 'One to Watch', and by BBC Music Magazine as their 'Rising Star: great artists of tomorrow'. Andrew Gourlay took up the position of Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (OSCYL) in January 2016, having been Principal Guest Conductor since the 2014/15 season. He won First Prize at the 2010 Cadaques International Conducting Competition, securing concerts with 29 orchestras around the world. For the next two years he was Assistant Conductor to Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra. He twice replaced Sir Colin Davis at the Barbican, and worked as cover conductor for Kurt Masur, Valery Gergiev and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Recent and future guest engagements include conducting the San Diego Symphony, Philharmonia, the BBC orchestras, RLPO, Hallé, CBSO, Opera North, RTÉ Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, Australian Youth Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orquesta Sinfonica de Chile, numerous major orchestras throughout Spain, and the London Sinfonietta at the BBC Proms.