Geoffrey Paterson studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He took composition lessons with Alexander Goehr, participated in conducting masterclasses with Pierre Boulez and trained as a repetiteur at the National Opera Studio. He won First Prize at the 2009 Leeds Conductors Competition, also winning the audience prize.
He works regularly at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, assisting 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.
Operas conducted for the ROH include Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon (recorded for Opera Rara), Julian Grant’s Hot House, Julian Philips’ How the Whale Became and Søren Nils Eichberg’s Glare. He has conducted La bohème for Opera North, Don Giovanni and La Vie Parisienne for Iford Festival Opera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Glyndebourne on Tour and Porgy and Bess for the Royal Danish Opera. Other recent operatic work includes George Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill and Berio’s Recital I (Hamburg Symphony Orchestra), Julian Philips’ Followers (Glyndebourne), David Bruce’s The Firework-Maker’s Daughter (The Opera Group), HK Gruber’s Gloria von Jaxtberg (Bregenz Festival), Birtwistle’s The Corridor and The Cure (Aldeburgh, ROH and Holland Festival) and Eötvös’ The Golden Dragon (Music Theatre Wales, Buxton Festival). He has also conducted The Nutcracker for the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen and Aarhus.
His recent concert work includes appearances with the Manchester Camerata, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He has recorded for NMC with the London Sinfonietta and for BBC Radio 3 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Highlights of 2016-17 include Menotti’s The Consul with the Bavarian State Opera Studio and Munich Chamber Orchestra, a recording of works by Roberto Gerhard with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the complete chamber orchestra works of Varèse for the BBC Total Immersion day, as well as multiple appearances with the London Sinfonietta and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.