Sian Edwards studied at the RNCM with Sir Charles Groves, with Norman Del Mar and Neemi Jarvi before becoming a student of Professor A.I. Musin at the Leningrad Conservatoire. She has worked with many of the worlds 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. She made her operatic debut in 1986 conducting Weill's 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 Khovanshchina, Jenufa, Queen of Spades and Blond Eckbert (also recorded on Collins). For the Glyndebourne Festival she has conducted La Traviata and the Ravel Double Bill, and for Glyndebourne Touring Opera Katya Kabanova, Tippett's New Year and The Bartered Bride. She conducted the world premieres of Mark Anthony Turnages Greek at the Munich Biennale in 1988, Judith Weirs Blond Eckbert at ENO in 1994 and Hans Gefors' Clara for the Opéra Comique in Paris in 1998. Other operatic work includes Cosi fan tutte in Aspen, her return to ENO for Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni in Copenhagen, The Death of Klinghoffer and Damnation de Faust in Helsinki, Peter Grimes, Blochs Macbeth, and Queen of Spades in Frankfurt, Jenufa for WNO, and Dead Man Walking, A Street Car Named Desire and The Rape of Lucretia at the Theater an der Wien In Vienna. In 2009 she conducted Judith Weirs A Night at the Chinese Opera for Scottish Opera and will return in 2012 for a new production of The Rakes Progress.
Sian Edwards is frequently involved with new music projects; as well as regular performances with the Ensemble Modern, she also appears with Ensemble Resonanz, MusikFabrik, the London Sinfonietta and Klangforum Wien. Sian Edwards teaches conducting at the Guildhall School where she is a Fellow, and also gives masterclasses for the Dirigentenforum, Germany, and St Andrews University, Scotland.