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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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  • Plans in 20/21 include a streamed BBC Prom from the Royal Albert Hall with the London Sinfonietta (whom he conducts regularly) and appearances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Nash and Asko Schoenberg ensembles.  Recent highlights have included appearances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, National Orchestra of Belgium, Basel Sinfonietta, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

    This Autumn he returns to the Dutch National Opera to revive Willem Jeth’s Ritratto, which he premiered last season in his debut appearance there. In October of last year he debuted at English National Opera conducting a 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.

    Geoffrey 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. 

    2020/21 season / 386 words. Not to be altered 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

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
Morgan Hayes Overture: The Kiss
Simon Holt Fool is Hurt
Hans Abrahamsen Schnee
Harrison Birtwistle: The Message
Harrison Birtwistle: An Interrupted Endless Melody
Edward Nesbit: New work for viola & ensemble
Cheryl Frances-Hoad: Bouleumeta
Chaya Czernowin: Lovesong
Harrison Birtwistle: Five Lessons in a Frame

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

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

Psappha New Music Ensemble
Varèse: Octandre
Webern: Concerto for 9 Instruments, Op.24
Mark-Anthony Turnage: Black Milk (World Premiere)
Berg: Chamber Concerto

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; Tippet The Knot Garden)

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)

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


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Intermusica represents Geoffrey Paterson worldwide

Susie Mcleod
Director, Artist Management
+44 20 7608 9920

Kimberley Bourlet
Associate Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9943

Catherine Gibbs
Associate Director (on temporary leave)
+44 20 7608 9946

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