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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. 

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  • Plans in 2020/21 include his BBC Proms debut, conducting a streamed Prom from the Royal Albert Hall with the London Sinfonietta (whom he conducts regularly) and appearances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Nash Ensemble and Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble.  Recent highlights have included appearances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, National Orchestra of Belgium, Basel Sinfonietta, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.


    Paterson also returns to the Dutch National Opera to revive Willem Jeth’s Ritratto, which he premiered last season in his debut appearance there. 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

    2020/21 season / 392 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Livestreams & broadcasts

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

Orchestral programmes

Nagoya Philharmonic
L. Boulanger: D'un matin du printemps
Tomoki Sakata: Concertino
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major, M.82
Interval
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.44


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


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


Nagoya Philharmonic*
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin, M.68
Dai Fujikura: Shamisen Concerto
Interval
Brett Dean: Testament 
Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.36


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


Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Symphony Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Hamlet, Op.67, TH.53
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements
Interval
Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain (original version)
Stravinsky: The Firebird: Suite (1919 version)


*engagement cancelled due to COVID-19

Contemporary Highlights

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


Dutch National Opera
Willem Jeths Ritratto (World premiere)


Bregenz Festspiele & Royal Opera House
HK Gruber Gloria, A Pig Tale


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


Bayerische Staatsorchester/Wayne McGregor portrait
Kaija Saariaho Circle Map
Max Richter Four Seasons Recomposed


BBC National Orchestra of Wales
William Mathias Helios
Per Nørgård Iris
Sibelius Night Ride and Sunrise, Op.55
Jonathan Dove Sunshine
Paul Mealor Symphony No.3 'Illumination'


London Sinfonietta
James Dillon Pharmakaeia


BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Charlotte Bray Stone Dancer
John Hopkins Double Concerto 
Tom Hyde New Work
Diana Burrell Resurrection

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)

"The Munich Chamber Orchestra played brilliantly under the young British conductor Geoffrey Paterson, making the most of Menotti’s glittering, caustic and stirring music"

BR Klassik

"with conductor Geoffrey Paterson at the helm, this repertoire took on a sublime aspect… absolutely top-class…"

La Voix du Nord, December 2017

"Impeccably conducted"

The Times, June 2018

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Orchestral
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Opera
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All artists

Clarinet

Mark Simpson

Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles