Considered one of the most dynamic and exhilarating contemporary conductors, Douglas Boyd is currently Artistic Director of Garsington Opera 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 Manchester Camerata, Principal Guest Conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Partner of St Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of City of London Sinfonia.
In recent years in the United Kingdom Boyd has conducted all the BBC Orchestras, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and Northern Sinfonia. On the continent he has worked with, amongst others, Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne, Orchestre National de Lyon, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg.
Further afield he has conducted the Nagoya Symphony Orchestra in Japan and made a hugely successful visit to Australia conducting both the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. He returned to the MSO in 2011 to present the complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies and in the 2016-17 season conducted the Beethoven piano concertos with Paul Lewis. His regular North American appearances have included concerts with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Baltimore, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Pacific, and Seattle Symphony Orchestras. In Canada he has appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and National Arts Orchestra in Ottawa.
Operas he has conducted include Die Zauberflöte for Glyndebourne Opera on Tour and Salieri’s La Grotto di Tronfonio for Zürich Opera. In the 2012-13 season he made his debut with Opera North conducting Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. Productions he has conducted for Garsington Opera include Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan Tutte, Eugene Onegin, Haydn’s The Creation with Ballet Rambert, and concert performances of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Boyd’s recording of the Bach Concerti for Deutsche Grammophon marked his recording debut as director/soloist and he has since gone on to build an extensive discography. His recordings as a conductor with Manchester Camerata of the complete Beethoven symphonies and Mahler’s Symphony No 4 (on Avie) and Das Lied von der Erde have received universal critical acclaim. He has also recorded Schubert symphonies with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on their own label as well as several recordings with Musikkollegium Winterthur.
Recent engagements have included debuts with the Bergen Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Basel Sinfoniieorchester, and the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, and returns to both Detroit and Colorado Symphony Orchestras. Other recent and future highlights include returning to conduct the Melbourne Symphony, BBC Philharmonic Kammerakademie Potsdam, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and the Philharmonia. For Garsington Opera’s 2018 festival he will conduct Richard Strauss’s Capriccio.
Born in Glasgow, Boyd studied oboe with Janet Craxton at the Royal Academy of Music in London and with Maurice Bourgue in Paris. A founding member – and principal oboist – of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe until 2002, Boyd enjoyed a stellar career as a noted oboist until he stopped playing to concentrate completely on conducting.
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