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Paul McCreesh

Artistic Director, Gabrieli Consort & Players

  • Paul McCreesh is the founder and Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players which he established in 1982 and with whom he has toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. McCreesh is well-known for the energy and passion that he brings to his music-making, and is especially enthusiastic about working with young musicians and broadening access to classical music; he works regularly with youth orchestras and choirs and is active in building new educational initiatives whenever possible.

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  • McCreesh has guest conducted many of the major orchestras and choirs across the globe, including most recently the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Bergen Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Verbier Festival orchestras, and Berlin Konzerthausorchester. McCreesh also enjoys regular and ongoing collaborations with Saint Paul and Basel Chamber Orchestras. In 2017/18 he makes his debut with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra at the Haydn Festival Burgenland, and with the Bremen Philharmonic in a programme of Mozart and Britten, and returns to the Royal Northern Sinfonia for two programmes including works by Mozart, Haydn, Elgar and Mendelssohn, as well as to the Prague Philharmonia and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra.

    From 2013-2016 he was Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lisbon) with whom he conducted a wide range of music from the classical period through to the nineteenth and twentieth century, focusing in particular on symphonic repertoire, oratorio and opera in concert, working closely with the world-renowned Gulbenkian Choir.

    McCreesh has established a strong reputation in the opera house and has conducted productions at the Teatro Real Madrid, Royal Danish Opera, Opera Comique, Vlaamse Opera and at the Verbier Festival, and most recently he conducted Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bergen Opera, and returned to Vlaamse Opera for a production of Idomeneo.

    In 2011 McCreesh launched his own record label, Winged Lion, in collaboration with the Gabrieli Consort & Players, Signum Classics and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival, where he was Artistic Director between 2006 and 2012. To date they have made seven recordings, most recently Haydn Seasons, released in spring 2017 and lauded by critics: “the communal sense of joy is infectious” (Financial Times) and “Glorious” (Guardian). Other highlights include Britten War Requiem (BBC Music Magazine Award 2014), Mendelssohn Elijah (Diapason d’Or Award 2013), Berlioz’s gargantuan Grande Messe des Morts (BBC Award 2012), and a reworking of his earlier Gabrieli disc, A New Venetian Coronation 1595 (Gramophone Award 2013). The Winged Lion recordings build on his large catalogue of recordings with Deutsche Grammophon, which includes the Gramophone Award-winning Haydn Creation.

    2017/18 season / 423 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Opera highlights

Bergen Opera / Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Flanders Opera / Mozart Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart Idomeneo

Opera Comique / Hérold Le Pré aux Clercs

Teatro Real, Madrid / Handel Tamerlano, with Placido Domingo

Royal Danish Opera / Mozart The Magic Flute

Welsh National Opera / Gluck Orphée et Eurydice

Komische Oper Berlin / Handel Alcina

Choral repertoire highlights

Britten War Requiem

Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts

Berlioz L’enfance du Christ

Elgar The Dream of Gerontius

Haydn The Seasons

Haydn The Creation

Mendelssohn Elijah

Mozart Requiem

Mozart Mass in C minor

Guest conducting highlights

Konzerthausorchester Berlin
Mozart Symphony No.29 in A major, K.201/186a
Britten Les Illuminations, Op.18
Mozart Symphony No.40 in G minor, K.550 ‘Great’

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Wagner Siegfried Idyll, WWV.103
Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10
Mozart Symphony No.39 in E-flat major, K.543

Verbier Festival Orchestra
Handel Concerto grosso in B-flat major, Op.3, No.2
R. Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor, Op.129
Brahms Serenade No.1 in D major, Op.11

Gulbenkian Orchestra
Mozart Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491
Dvorák Symphony No.7 in D minor, Op.70, B.141

[T]his was one of the most vivid performances of Mendelssohn, or indeed of any piece from the choral repertoire, that had been heard in Leipzig in recent times… McCreesh balanced out the seething drama by lending his orchestra a classical spring to its step, and allowing it to breathe.

Leipziger Volkszeitung

McCreesh conducted it quite wonderfully, with an almost innate sense of its ebb and flow, summoning impeccable, incisive playing and some glorious choral singing from his Gabrieli Consort and Players.

The Guardian

McCreesh was a joy to watch, coaxing a dancing quality from the music at every opportunity, floating in place on the first movement and turning the minuet into a foot-stomping mazurka… this Mozart performance bore the earmarks of the kind of fresh, enthusiastic perspective that evangelists for the early often bring to their interpretations.

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Associate Artist Manager
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Assistant Artist Manager
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