DOUGLAS BOYD, conductor

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Douglas Boyd's international reputation continues to rise. Douglas Boyd is currently Chief Conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur in Switzerland, Artistic Director of Garsington Opera in England, and was recently appointed Music Director of l'Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, a position he starts in July 2015. In his ten seasons as Music Director of the Manchester Camerata, Boyd transformed the orchestra into one of England’s finest. His live recordings as conductor with the Manchester Camerata of the complete Beethoven Cycle, in addition to symphonies of Mahler and Mozart, 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 returned to the Proms in 2009 with an acclaimed program of Haydn and MacMillan, one of the many living composers he champions.

Since  Boyd's appointment as Artistic Director of Garsington Opera in 2012, the festival, with its award-winning performance space and glorious surroundings,  continues to develop as major summer venue  in England.  New productions as well as partnerships with the Royal Shakespeare Company and London's Philharmonia Orchestra are among forthcoming highlights.

In 2009, Douglas Boyd joined Switzerland’s oldest orchestra, The Musikkollegium Winterthur, as its Principal Conductor.  Each season, he takes the orchestra on tour throughout Europe and has also undertaken several ambitious projects in Winterthur ranging from Beethoven Cycles to an intriguing collaboration with videographer Netia Jones for Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht. Boyd and the orchestra have also made numerous  award-winning recordings including works of Strauss and Schubert; their most recent release is of Mendelssohn Symphony No. 2. 

From 2003 through 2009, Boyd served as Artistic Partner of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra(SPCO), with whom he performed, recorded and toured regularly, including acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Ojai Festival in California.  Boyd has also served as Principal Guest Conductor with the City of London Sinfonia and the Colorado Symphony.

During the 2014-15 Season, Boyd 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, Toronto, Utah and Vancouver symphonies as well as the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.  Summer appearances include the Caramoor International Festival with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Mostly Mozart at New York's Lincoln Center and Colorado's National Repertory Orchestra. 

Highlights around the globe feature appearances with the BBC, Bournemouth, Budapest Festival and  Royal Scottish National Orchestras, Salzburg Mozarteum, Orchestre National de Lyon, Tonhalle Orchestre Zurich, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris.  Performances throughout Japan, Hong Kong and Australia.  Opera is the latest addition to Boyd’s conducting repertoire. Acclaimed productions include Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with Glyndebourne Opera on Tour and Beethoven's Fidelio and Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro at Garsington Opera (UK) as well as Mozart's Clemenza di Tito with Opera North.

A founding member and Principal Oboist of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe(COE) until 2002, Boyd’s return to the COE in the role of guest conductor has been a success in London and on tour throughout Europe. The acclaimed Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique performance he led in London for the orchestra’s Silver Jubilee, as well as the combined forces of the COE and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra he led as part of the 2009 International Chamber Orchestra Festival were truly cause for celebration.

Boyd's recording of the Bach Concerti for Deutsche Grammophon marked his recording debut as director/soloist. In addition to numerous live recordings as Music Director with the Manchester Camerata on the AVIE label, Boyd has also recorded Schubert Symphonies (SPCO Media) and the works of George Tsontakis(E-1/KOCH International Classics) with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. The Second Violin Concerto on the Tsontakis recording received both a 2008 Grammy Award nomination and the prestigious Grawemeyer Award.  In addition to current releases of Mendelssohn, recording projects with his orchestra in Winterthur include CDs of Beethoven, Bruckner, Mozart, Mussorgsky, Schubert, and Vaughan Williams.