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Geoffrey Paterson


  • The young 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. Highlights of 2016-17 include Menotti’s The Consul with the Bavarian State Opera Studio and Munich Chamber Orchestra, the complete chamber orchestra works of Varèse for the BBC’s Total Immersion, a recording project with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and appearances with the London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Bilbao Symphony Orchestra. Paterson appears regularly with the London Sinfonietta in a range of projects and has recorded with them for the NMC label including a disc with saxophonist Marius Neset.

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  • Geoffrey Paterson has conducted La bohème for Opera North, Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Glyndebourne on Tour, Porgy and Bess for the Royal Danish Opera and HK Gruber’s Gloria von Jaxtberg at the Bregenz Festival and Royal Opera House. Having been appointed to the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Paterson returns regularly, including Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon (recorded for Opera Rara), Julian Philips’ How the Whale Became and Søren Nils Eichberg’s Glare. In 2015 he gave the World Premiere of Birtwistle’s chamber opera double-bill The Corridor and The Cure at the Aldeburgh Festival, ROH and at the 2016 Holland Festival. Other recent highlights include the UK premiere of Eötvös’ The Golden Dragon at the 2016 Buxton Festival and George Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill and Berio’s Recital I with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, as well as orchestral engagements with the Manchester Camerata and BBC Symphony Orchestra.

    Geoffrey 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. Paterson won both First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2009 Leeds Conductors Competition, and participated 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.

    2016-17 season / 370 words. Not to be reproduced without permission


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Contemporary Highlights

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

Buxton Festival
Péter Eötvös The Golden Dragon (UK premiere)

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

Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
George Benjamin Into the Little Hill

London Sinfonietta
Morgan Hayes Overture: The Kiss
Simon Holt Fool is Hurt
Hans Abrahamsen Schnee

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

London Sinfonietta, Lucerne Festival Academy
Stockhausen Gruppen

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Helen Grime Embrace; Seven Pierrot Miniatures
Oliver Knussen Songs without Voices, Op. 26
Helen Grime Clarinet Concerto
Elliott Carter Au Quai
Helen Grime Luna
Leoš Janáček Concertino

National Orchestra of Belgium
Marius Neset, saxophone
Marius Neset Snowmelt

Bilbao Symphony
Mikel Chamizo Oublié
María Luisa Ozaita Cartones Goyescos
Gabriel Erkoreka Océano
Antón Larrauri Gardunak

BBC Total Immersion, Guildhall New Music Ensemble
Varèse Un grand sommeil noir
Varèse Offrandes
Varèse Hyperprism
Varèse Octandre
Varèse Intégrales
Varèse Ionisation
Varèse Density 21.5
Varèse Dance for Burgess

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)

Conductor Geoffrey Paterson balances his forces beautifully, transforming the Sinfonietta’s solo voices in The Corridor into the meshed orchestral sound of The Cure, stressing both the similarities and the contrasts of two scores luminous with harmonic interest and shy gestures of melody.

Arts Desk

Geoffrey Paterson conducts expertly, sculpting the seascapes of Riders to the Sea and the vanishingly spare colours of Savitri with equal care.


Immaculately conducted by Geoffrey Paterson

The Times

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Director, Artist Management (Opera)
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