Sir John Eliot Gardiner becomes Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur

18 Apr 2011

On 14th April, Sir John Eliot Gardiner was officially named Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by France's former Culture Minister, Jean-Jacques Aillagon, at a ceremony in the Versailles palace.

This award acknowledges the services rendered to French music by Mr Gardiner who was the artistic director of the Opera de Lyon for five years, and has championed French composers throughout his conducting career.