DOUGLAS BOYD, conductor
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Douglas Boyd's international reputation continues to rise. Douglas Boyd is currently Artistic Director of Garsington Opera in England and Music Director of l'Orchestre de Chambre de Paris.
In recent years he has held the positions of Chief Conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur, Music Director of the Manchester Camerata, Principal Guest Conductor of the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Artistic Partner of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the City of London Sinfonia.
Since Boyd's appointment as Artistic Director of Garsington Opera in 2012, the festival, with its award-winning performance space and glorious surroundings, has developed as a major summer venue in England. New productions as well as partnerships with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Rambert Dance and London's Philharmonia Orchestra are among highlights.
He makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut in December 2016 with Handel's Messiah. Additional North American appearances have included concerts with the Los Angeles and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras, the Baltimore, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Pacific, 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 all the BBC Orchestras, Bournemouth, Budapest Festival and Royal Scottish National Orchestras, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Orchestre National de Lyon, Tonhalle Orchestre Zurich, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. Boyd has also led performances throughout Japan, Hong Kong and Australia, where he returns regularly. Opera is the latest addition to Boyd’s conducting repertoire. Operas he has conducted include Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with Glyndebourne Opera on Tour, Mozart's Clemenza di Tito with Opera North and Beethoven's Fidelio, Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni as well as Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin at Garsington Opera (UK).
Douglas Boyd joined Switzerland’s oldest orchestra, The Musikkollegium Winterthur, as its Principal Conductor in 2009. Boyd led the orchestra on tours throughout Europe and embarked on several ambitious projects 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.
In 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.
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.
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 AVIE), 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. Recording projects with the orchestra in Winterthur include CDs of Beethoven, Bruckner, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Mussorgsky, Schubert, and Vaughan Williams.
Douglas Boyd was born in Glasgow and studied the oboe with Janet Craxton at the Royal Academy of Music in London and with Maurice Bourge in Paris. He was a founding member and principal oboist of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe(COE) until 2002 when he stopped playing to concentrate on conducting. Boyd’s return to the COE in the role of guest conductor has been a success in London and on tour throughout Europe.