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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 2018/19 include debuts with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Aurora Orchestra. Paterson also conducts two productions with Royal Danish Opera and other appearances include with Bavarian State Opera, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Music Theatre Wales, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and London Sinfonietta, with whom Paterson appears 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 Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment debut, leading the orchestra in a film score adaption of Strauss’ great comic opera Der Rosenkavalier in London and Vienna. 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 Orchestre National de Lille, National Orchestra of Belgium and Basel Sinfonietta, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Scottish Chamber 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.

    2018/19 season / 416 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/Music Theatre Wales
Péter Eötvös The Golden Dragon (UK 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

Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
George Benjamin Into the Little Hill

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
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)

The Munich Chamber Orchestra played brilliantly under the young British conductor Geoffrey Paterson, making the most of Menotti’s glittering, caustic and stirring music

BR Klassik , March 2017

with conductor Geoffrey Paterson at the helm, this repertoire took on a sublime aspect… absolutely top-class…

La Voix du Nord, December 2017

Impeccably conducted

The Times, June 2018

Intermusica represents Geoffrey Paterson worldwide

Catherine Gibbs
Associate Director
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Susie Mcleod
Director, Artist Management (Opera)
+44 20 7608 9920

Maebh Lehane
Associate Artist Manager
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