Douglas Boyd

“Under Douglas Boyd Beethoven Symphony No. 5 sounded as fresh as if the ink were barely dry on the page."                   —Toronto Star  


Music Director, Musikkollegium Winterthur (Switzerland’s oldest orchestra)

Artistic Director, Garsington Opera (England)

 Music Director l'Orchestre de chambre de Paris

NOTES: Douglas Boyd is one of the most sought-after conductors on the international scene. As Principal Guest in Colorado and asArtistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Douglas Boyd left a legacy of vibrant performances, recordings, and tours, including an acclaimed performance at Carnegie Hall in May 2008. Other North American highlights include triumphs in Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Toronto. In Europe, he leads the Musikkollegium Winterthur, in several programs each season and is building a sizeable discography.  He  toured extensively with the  UK’s City of London Sinfonia while serving as the orchestra’s Principal Guest. His Beethoven CDs, recorded live with the Manchester Camerata during his 10 year tenure as Music Director, have received high praise - including five stars in BBC Music Magazine - as have his recordings of Mozart and Mahler. Like so many of Boyd's performances, his debut at London's fabled Proms concerts with the Manchester Camerata was praised for clarity, vibrancy and musicality. Boyd and the Camerata returned to the Proms with an exciting choral program of Haydn and Macmillan. International guest conducting engagements include theBudapest Festival Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Orchestre de Lyon, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Salzburg Mozarteum, the Sydney and Melbourne symphonies, in addition to opera engagements with Glyndebourne and Opera North. The past season included triumphant  returns to Toronto, Detroit, Colorado and Seattle Symphonies. Forthcoming in 13-14 season are several programs with the Colorado Symphony and his Minnesota Orchestra debut, along with returns to Paris, Leeds, Munich, Royal Scottish National, Winterthur and 'Fidelio' at Garsington.

REPERTOIRE: A champion of Ades, Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, Britten, Golijov, Haydn, Ligeti, MacMillan, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert, Sibelius, Stravinsky, Tippett, & Tsontakis

RECORDINGS: SONY Classical, MDG, Deutsche Grammophon, ASV, Phillips, BBC, AVIE, Claves,  KOCH Classic, and SPCO Media


Boyd went on to direct a white-hot reading of Igor Stravinsky's psychologically exhilarating and once scandalous "Rite of Spring."...Boyd's elastic handling of strident sonorities, shifting accents and unpredictably changing meters was spot-on.”  —Denver Post

“There are performances that grab you from the very first note. Not since Roger Norrington…in the mid-eighties have I heard a performance [of Beethoven Second Symphony] so fresh and alert. And the Fifth? Well, by any standards this is another remarkable performance…commandingly shaped and bitingly articulate.”  BBC Music Magazine

“Boyd is a superlative young conductor who knows how to bring out the elegance as well as the energies of his players."  —Chicago Tribune                 

“In a program shrewdly mixing English string music by Edward Elgar and Michael Tippett with canonic Viennese scores, Boyd and the orchestra showed an incisive rapport…In Boyd’s hands the symphony was rhapsodic and ruminative but also tragic and tumultuous, with moments of lyric terror that quickened respiration.”  —The Star Tribune (St. Paul, MN)

“[Douglas Boyd] is one of the major British occupants of a rostrum today… He has the born conductor’s ability to make music sound fresh and to detect its inner life and pulse.”  The Sunday Telegraph (London, UK)

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