DOUGLAS BOYD, conductor

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The Toronto Symphony Orchestra was in fantastic form at Roy Thomson Hall on Wednesday night under visiting Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd. ....Under Douglas Boyd Beethoven Symphony No. 5 sounded as fresh as if the ink were barely dry on the page.
— Toronto Star

In demand world-wide, Douglas Boyd is currently Chief Conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur in Switzerland and Artistic Director of Garsington Opera in England and was recently appointed Music Director of l'Orchestre de chambre de Paris. In ten seasons as Music Director of the Manchester Camerata, Boyd transformed the orchestra into one of the United Kingdom’s finest. His live recordings with the Camerata have received universal critical acclaim. Like so many of Boyd’s performances, his debut with the Camerata at London’s BBC Proms concerts was praised for clarity, vibrancy and musicality. Boyd and the Camerata subsequently returned to the Proms with an acclaimed program of Haydn and MacMillan, one of the many living composers he champions.

In 2009 Douglas Boyd joined The Musikkollegium Winterthur as its Principal Conductor. Each season he takes Switzeland's oldest orchestra on tour throughout Europe and has undertaken several ambitious recording projects with them including works of Strauss, Mendelssohn and Schubert. From 2003 through 2009, Boyd was Artistic Partner of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, with whom he performed, recorded and toured regularly, including acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Ojai Festival in California. Boyd has also served as Principal Guest Conductor with the City of London Sinfonia and the Colorado Symphony.

This season he can be heard with the Colorado Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony and Detroit Symphony. In addition to the above, North American conducting highlights include appearances with the Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, Seattle, and Toronto symphonies. Highlights around the globe feature appearances with the BBC, Budapest Festival, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Salzburg Mozarteum, and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris.  Performances throughout Japan, Hong Kong and Australia, along with extended runs with the companies of Opera North and Glyndebourne, are also memorable.

 

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