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Geoffrey Paterson

Conductor

  • British conductor Geoffrey Paterson is admired for his impressive grasp of detail, responsiveness to musicians, and his ability to shape and make music from the most complex scores with natural authority. Paterson is praised for his ‘winning combination of assuredness, agility and enthusiasm’ (The Telegraph) as well as his ‘instinct for pace’ (The Spectator) in repertoire ranging from Bach to Birtwistle and beyond.

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  • Highlights of Paterson’s 2022/23 season include his return to the BBC Proms conducting the world premiere of Marius Neset’s Geyser, a full-length work for jazz quintet and the London Sinfonietta, commissioned by the BBC. He makes his Japanese debut conducting Nagoya Philharmonic in a programme of Ravel, Cañizares and Rachmaninoff Symphony No.3. Paterson also conducts engagements with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the Lammermuir Festival, the Hamburg Symphony, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Ensemble 10:10, Red Note Ensemble, London Mozart Players and further performances with the London Sinfonietta, with whom he has a regular ongoing collaboration, including an all-Xenakis programme at the Southbank Centre to mark the centenary of Iannis Xenakis. He conducts George Balanchine Jewels at the Royal Danish Ballet including extracts from Fauré Pelléas et Mélisande, Stravinsky Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra and Tchaikovsky Symphony no 3. 


    In recent seasons, Paterson has also conducted performances and recordings with orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Philharmonia Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Aurora Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, National Orchestra of Belgium, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Residentie Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Basel Sinfonietta, Munich Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia and others. 


    In the operatic world, Paterson made an acclaimed debut last season with the Frankfurt Opera conducting Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He returned to the Dutch National Opera in 2020 to revive Willem Jeth’s Ritratto and in October of 2019 he debuted at English National Opera conducting a highly praised new production of Philip Glass’ Orphée. He has previously conducted at the Bayerische Staatsoper (Menotti’s The Consul, Max Richter and Saariaho ballets), Royal Danish Opera (Die Fledermaus, Porgy and Bess, and Prokofiev’s Cinderella), Opera North (La bohème), Glyndebourne on Tour (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Music Theatre Wales (Dusapin’s Passion at the Southbank Centre, Eotvos’ The Golden Dragon on tour). He was a Jette Parker Young Artist at Covent Garden, subsequently conducting productions at the Royal Opera of HK Gruber’s Gloria von Jaxtberg (also at the Bregenz Festival), Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon (recorded for Opera Rara), Julian Philips’ How the Whale Became, Søren Nils Eichberg’s Glare, and the world premieres of Birtwistle’s chamber opera double-bill The Corridor and The Cure at the Aldeburgh Festival and Holland Festival, and of Tansy Davies’ Cave with the London Sinfonietta in 2018.


    Paterson studied at Cambridge University where he also took composition lessons with Alexander Goehr followed by studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Having won both First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2009 Leeds Conductors Competition, he went on to participate in the Luzern Festival conducting masterclasses with Pierre Boulez. During his time on the Royal Opera House Young Artist Programme he assisted conductors including Antonio Pappano, Mark Elder, Andris Nelsons and Daniele Gatti on an extensive repertoire. For two seasons he worked in Bayreuth as musical assistant to Kirill Petrenko for Der Ring des Nibelungen

    2022-23 season / 566 words. Not to be reproduced without permission

Performances

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Livestreams & broadcasts

Danish National Symphony Orchestra | March 2022
Simon Steen-Andersen: TRIO
Click to listen on Danish Radio


BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra | January 2022
Carl Nielsen: Symphony No.3 (Sinfonia Espansiva)
Click to listen on BBC Sounds from 1:03:55


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment | February 2021
Webern: Passacaglia
Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Pfitzner: Act 2 Vorspiel from Palestrina
Strauss, R: Salome (excerpt)
Wagner: Act 3 Vorspiel from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Click to watch on OAE website


BBC National Orchestra of Wales | November 2020
Schreker: Chamber Symphony
Click to watch on BBC NOW website


BBC National Orchestra of Wales | November 2020
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Click to watch on BBC NOW website


London Sinfonietta | November 2020
James Dillon: Pharmakeia
World premiere performance
Click to watch on YouTube


Britten Sinfonia | November 2020
Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring
Igor Stravinsky 3 pieces for solo clarinet
Aaron Copland Clarinet Concerto
Click to watch on Barbican website


Nash Ensemble | April 2021
Turnage: Owl Songs
Matthews: Seascapes
Click to watch on YouTube


BCMG | June 2021
Birtwistle: Cantus Iambeus
Click to watch on YouTube


BBC National Orchestra of Wales | September 2021
Pēteris Vasks: Cantabile
Guto Puw: Utrasonic
Sarah Jenkins: Trallali, Trallaley, Trallalera
Judith Weir: I Give You the End of a Golden String
John Metcalf: Dances From Forgotten Places
Click to watch on YouTube

Orchestral programmes

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Bartók: Divertimento Sz.113, BB.118
Erika Fox: Piano Concerto
Interval
Nielsen: Symphony No.3, Op.27 'Sinfonia espansiva'


Hamburg Philharmoniker
Bach: Orchestral Suite No.3 BWV.1068
Stravinsky: Concerto in E-flat 'Dumbarton Oaks'
Interval
R. Strauss: Le bourgeois gentilhomme Op.60


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Webern: Passacaglia
Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Pfitzner: Act 2 Vorspiel from Palestrina
Strauss, R: Salome (excerpt)
Wagner: Act 3 Vorspiel from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg


Aurora Orchestra
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin, M.68
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Interval
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85


BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 1
Schrecker Chamber Symphony


City of London Sinfonia
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35


Nagoya Philharmonic
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole 
Cañizares: Concierto Mediterráneo in memory of Joaquin Rodrigo
Interval
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.44


Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Bernstein: West Side Story (concert)


Philharmonia Orchestra* 
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A major, S.125
Interval
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.27


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment*
R. Strauss: Capriccio, TrV.279a, Op.85: Sextet
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.1 in C minor, Op.35
Interval
R. Strauss: Le bourgeois gentilhomme, TrV.228, Op.60


*engagement cancelled due to COVID-19

Contemporary Highlights

Opera premieres include


Dutch National Opera
Willem Jeths Ritratto (World premiere 2020)


Royal Opera House, Aldeburgh Festival, Holland Festival
Harrison Birtwistle The Cure (World premiere)
Harrison Birtwistle The Corridor


Royal Opera House/London Sinfonietta/Mark Padmore
Tansy Davies Cave (World premiere)


Paterson has conducted symphonic and ensemble works by a wide range of contemporary composers including Agata Zubel, Toshio Hosokawa, Christian Jost, Ana Sokolović, Samy Moussa, Tania Leon, James Dillon, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Cassie Kinoshi, Harrison Birtwistle, Erika Fox, Param Vir, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Peter Maxwell Davies, Peteris Vasks, Judith Weir, Jay Capperauld, Nico Muhly, Cheryl-France Hoad, Simon Steen-Anderson and many more. 


 

Opera Highlights

Royal Opera House (including Massenet Le Portrait de Manon; Birtwistle The Corridor and The Cure, Tansy Davies The Cave)


Bayerische Staatsoper (Menotti The Consul;)


Bregenz Festival (HK Gruber Gloria von Jaxtberg)


Glyndebourne Touring Opera (Mozart Die Entführung
aus dem Serail)


Royal Danish Opera (Gershwin Porgy and Bess)


Opera North (Puccini La bohème)


Buxton Festival (Péter Eötvös The Golden Dragon)


English National Opera (Glass Orphée)

"Geoffrey Paterson conducted and it was gorgeous, with huge curving lines, russet and silver hues and a real sense of something awful looming in the twilight."

The Spectator , February 2021

"Conducted with impeccable grace by Geoffrey Paterson…wonderful clarity and warmth."

The Guardian, November 2019

Intermusica represents Geoffrey Paterson worldwide

Catherine Gibbs
Orchestral
+44 20 7608 9946
cgibbs@intermusica.co.uk

Susie Mcleod
Opera
+44 20 7608 9920
smcleod@intermusica.co.uk






Molly Goldstone
Assistant Artist Manager
+44 20 3929 9661
mgoldstone@intermusica.co.uk

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Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles