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Geoffrey Paterson


  • 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. 

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  • Highlights of Paterson’s 2021/22 season include his Frankfurt Opera debut with Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a new production by Brigitte Fassbaender, and his Japanese debut conducting Nagoya Philharmonic in a programme of Boulanger, Ravel, a new work by Tomoki Sakata and Rachmaninoff: Symphony No.3. He conducts the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in their Pulsar contemporary music festival, and the world premiere of a dramatic song cycle by Cheryl Frances Hoad with the City of London Sinfonia.  Paterson also conducts return engagements with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Red Note Ensemble and the London Sinfonietta, with whom he has a regular ongoing collaboration.  

    Geoffrey Paterson made his BBC Proms debut in 2020, conducting a streamed Prom from the Royal Albert Hall with the London Sinfonietta and other recent orchestral highlights include appearances with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, National Orchestra of Belgium and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. 

    Paterson returned to the Dutch National Opera in 2020 to revive Willem Jeths Ritratto, which he premiered last season in his debut appearance there. In October of 2019 he debuted at English National Opera conducting a highly praised new production of Philip Glass’ Orphée. He has previously conducted at the Bayerische Staatsoper (Menotti’s The Consul, Max Richter and Saariaho ballets), Royal Danish Opera (Die Fledermaus, Porgy and Bess, and Prokofiev’s Cinderella), Opera North (La bohème), Glyndebourne on Tour (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Music Theatre Wales (Dusapin’s Passion at the Southbank Centre, Eotvos’ The Golden Dragon on tour). He was a Jette Parker Young Artist at Covent Garden, subsequently conducting productions at the Royal Opera of HK Gruber’s Gloria von Jaxtberg (also at the Bregenz Festival), Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon (recorded for Opera Rara), Julian Philips’ How the Whale Became, Søren Nils Eichberg’s Glare, and the world premieres of Birtwistle’s chamber opera double-bill The Corridor and The Cure at the Aldeburgh Festival and Holland Festival, and of Tansy Davies’ Cave with the London Sinfonietta in 2018.

    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. Having won both First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2009 Leeds Conductors Competition, he went on to participate 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

    2021/22 season / 379 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Livestreams & broadcasts

Danish National Symphony Orchestra | March 2022
Simon Steen-Andersen: TRIO
Click to listen on Danish Radio

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra | January 2022
Carl Nielsen: Symphony No.3 (Sinfonia Espansiva)
Click to listen on BBC Sounds from 1:03:55

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment | February 2021
Webern: Passacaglia
Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Pfitzner: Act 2 Vorspiel from Palestrina
Strauss, R: Salome (excerpt)
Wagner: Act 3 Vorspiel from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Click to watch on OAE website

BBC National Orchestra of Wales | November 2020
Schreker: Chamber Symphony
Click to watch on BBC NOW website

BBC National Orchestra of Wales | November 2020
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Click to watch on BBC NOW website

London Sinfonietta | November 2020
James Dillon: Pharmakeia
World premiere performance
Click to watch on YouTube

Britten Sinfonia | November 2020
Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring
Igor Stravinsky 3 pieces for solo clarinet
Aaron Copland Clarinet Concerto
Click to watch on Barbican website

Nash Ensemble | April 2021
Turnage: Owl Songs
Matthews: Seascapes
Click to watch on YouTube

BCMG | June 2021
Birtwistle: Cantus Iambeus
Click to watch on YouTube

BBC National Orchestra of Wales | September 2021
Pēteris Vasks: Cantabile
Guto Puw: Utrasonic
Sarah Jenkins: Trallali, Trallaley, Trallalera
Judith Weir: I Give You the End of a Golden String
John Metcalf: Dances From Forgotten Places
Click to watch on YouTube

Orchestral programmes

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Bartók: Divertimento Sz.113, BB.118
Erika Fox: Piano Concerto
Nielsen: Symphony No.3, Op.27 'Sinfonia espansiva'

Hamburg Philharmoniker
Bach: Orchestral Suite No.3 BWV.1068
Stravinsky: Concerto in E-flat 'Dumbarton Oaks'
R. Strauss: Le bourgeois gentilhomme Op.60

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Webern: Passacaglia
Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Pfitzner: Act 2 Vorspiel from Palestrina
Strauss, R: Salome (excerpt)
Wagner: Act 3 Vorspiel from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Aurora Orchestra
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin, M.68
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 1
Schrecker Chamber Symphony

City of London Sinfonia
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35

Philharmonia Orchestra* 
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A major, S.125
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.27

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment*
R. Strauss: Capriccio, TrV.279a, Op.85: Sextet
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.1 in C minor, Op.35
R. Strauss: Le bourgeois gentilhomme, TrV.228, Op.60

Nagoya Philharmonic*
L. Boulanger: D'un matin du printemps
Naoki Sakata: Piano Concertino
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major, M.82
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.44

Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Bernstein: West Side Story (concert)

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Symphony Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Hamlet, Op.67, TH.53
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements
Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain (original version)
Stravinsky: The Firebird: Suite (1919 version)

*engagement cancelled due to COVID-19

Contemporary Highlights

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

Dutch National Opera
Willem Jeths Ritratto (World premiere)

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

Royal Opera House/London Sinfonietta/Mark Padmore
Tansy Davies Cave (World premiere)

Bayerische Staatsorchester/Wayne McGregor portrait
Kaija Saariaho Circle Map
Max Richter Four Seasons Recomposed

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
William Mathias Helios
Per Nørgård Iris
Sibelius Night Ride and Sunrise, Op.55
Jonathan Dove Sunshine
Paul Mealor Symphony No.3 'Illumination'

London Sinfonietta
James Dillon Pharmakaeia

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

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)

English National Opera (Glass Orphée)

"Geoffrey Paterson conducted and it was gorgeous, with huge curving lines, russet and silver hues and a real sense of something awful looming in the twilight."

The Spectator , February 2021

"Conducted with impeccable grace by Geoffrey Paterson…wonderful clarity and warmth."

The Guardian, November 2019


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