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That’s a tribute to the conducting of Geoffrey Paterson, whose instinct for pace lets the score pulse and glow.

The Spectator (Orphée, English National Opera)

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Since winning the 2009 Leeds Conductors’ Competition at the age of 25, Geoffrey Paterson has established an international reputation as a conductor of ‘impressive command’ (The Telegraph) and ‘impeccable grace’ (The Guardian). Hailed as a conductor with ‘natural and charismatic authority’ (Opera World), Paterson is praised for his ‘winning combination of assuredness, agility and enthusiasm’ (The Telegraph) as well as his ‘instinct for pace’ (The Spectator) and ‘innate feel for orchestral texture’ (MusicOMH) in repertoire ranging from Bach to Birtwistle and beyond.

Having trained at the National Opera Studio and as a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Paterson began his career working as a pianist and assistant for some of the world’s most distinguished opera conductors. During his time at the Royal Opera he was mentored by Sir Antonio Pappano, assisting him on works by Mozart and Verdi and playing for his rehearsals of Wagner’s Meistersinger and Ring cycle. His work at Covent Garden also led him to collaborate closely with Daniele Gatti, Andris Nelsons, and Sir Mark Elder on operas by Verdi, Strauss and Berg, and subsequently he was invited to join Kirill Petrenko’s team of musical assistants for a new production of the Ring at the Bayreuth Festival.

Wagner’s music is a central passion (alongside Mahler, Strauss, Zemlinsky, Schreker and the 2nd Viennese School), but Paterson’s musical enthusiasms cover a remarkably wide repertoire. He has conducted The Nutcracker and Cinderella for the Royal Danish Ballet, Porgy and Bess and Die Fledermaus for the Royal Danish Opera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, La Bohème for Opera North, Philip Glass’ Orphée for English National Opera and recorded Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon at Covent Garden. In 2022 he makes his debut at Frankfurt Opera with a new production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Brigitte Fassbaender. Other engagements in recent seasons have taken him to the Dutch National Opera and Bavarian State Opera.

In 2020 Paterson made his BBC Proms debut with Steve Reich’s City Life, and will return in 2022 to continue a long-standing collaboration with the London Sinfonietta and Norwegian saxophonist and composer Marius Neset. Other memorable concert performances of recent years have included Strauss’s own film-score reworking of Der Rosenkavalier with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade with the City of London Sinfonia, Copland’s Appalachian Spring with the Britten Sinfonia and Bernstein’s West Side Story to an audience of 10,000 with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of early 2022 include a return to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for Nielsen’s Sinfonia Espansiva and Strauss’s Bourgeois Gentilhomme with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.

Paterson has also conducted performances and recordings with the Philharmonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Copenhagen Phil, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Basel Sinfonietta, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, National Orchestra of Belgium, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Residentie Orchestra; in 2023 he makes his Covid-delayed Japanese debut with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra.

He is particularly renowned for his work in the field of late 20th-century and contemporary music. Amongst the numerous world premières he has conducted are works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and James Dillon, and his performances of masterpieces by the greatest composers of the last hundred years (Carter, Boulez, Stockhausen, Berio, Ligeti, Knussen, Abrahamsen and Benjamin among many others) have been widely praised in the British and international press. With a background in composition (he was a pupil of Alexander Goehr) alongside masterclass studies with Boulez and Eötvös, he brings insight, technical command and an exacting ear to music whose secrets are only revealed through a rare combination of fastidiousness and inspiration. Testament to these achievements is his long relationship with the London Sinfonietta, many of whose landmark performances of the last decade he has been invited to conduct.

He is particularly renowned for his work in the field of late 20th-century and contemporary music. Amongst the numerous world premières he has conducted are works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and James Dillon, and his performances of masterpieces by the greatest composers of the last hundred years (Carter, Boulez, Stockhausen, Berio, Ligeti, Knussen, Abrahamsen and Benjamin among many others) have been widely praised in the British and international press. With a background in composition (he was a pupil of Alexander Goehr) alongside masterclass studies with Boulez and Eötvös, he brings insight, technical command and an exacting ear to music whose secrets are only revealed through a rare combination of fastidiousness and inspiration. Testament to these achievements is his long relationship with the London Sinfonietta, many of whose landmark performances of the last decade he has been invited to conduct.

Paterson lives with his family in the seaside town of Whitstable, and in his spare time indulges in a love of classic cars and brutalist architecture. He is represented worldwide for general management by Intermusica.

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