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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 2017/18 include the world premiere of Tansy Davies’ new opera Cave with the Royal Opera House/London Sinfonietta, debuts with the Orchestre National de Lille, National Orchestra of Belgium and Basel Sinfonietta, and appearances with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Music Theatre Wales, and Red Note Ensemble. 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 jazz saxophonist Marius Neset.

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  • Last season Paterson made his Bavarian State Opera debut, leading the opera studio team in Menotti’s The Consul with the Munich Chamber Orchestra. He previously conducted Porgy and Bess for the Royal Danish Opera, La bohème for Opera North, Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Glyndebourne on Tour, and HK Gruber’s Gloria von Jaxtberg at the Bregenz Festival and for the Royal Opera, where he has been a regular guest ever since joining the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme. Also at Covent Garden he has conducted Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon (recorded for Opera Rara), Julian Philips’ How the Whale Became, Søren Nils Eichberg’s Glare, and the world premiere of Birtwistle’s chamber opera double-bill The Corridor and The Cure, which he then took to the Aldeburgh Festival and Holland Festival. In 2016 he gave the UK premiere of Eötvös’ The Golden Dragon at the 2016 Buxton Festival. Recent symphonic highlights have included appearances with the Manchester Camerata, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Hamburg Symphony, with whom he performed George Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill and Berio’s Recital I.

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

    2017/18 season / 391 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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Associate Director
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Susie Mcleod
Director, Artist Management (Opera)
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Assistant Artist Manager
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Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles