Douglas BOYD (Coductor)
Douglas Boyd is currently Music Director of Manchester Camerata, Chief Conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur, Principal Guest Conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of City of London Sinfonia.
He was born in Glasgow and studied with Janet Craxton at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and with Maurice Bourgue in Paris. A founding member and Principal Oboist of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe until 2002, he now conducts them on a regular basis.
In addition to his concerts with Manchester Camerata Douglas Boyd appears with many of the UK's major orchestras. Over recent years these have included the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia.
Amongst the orchestras with which Douglas Boyd has appeared on the continent of Europe are Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne, Orchestre National de Lyon, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg.
Further afield he recently made a hugely successful visit to Australia conducting both the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras for the first time. He will return to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2011 for a major two week project. He also made his conducting debut in Japan with the Nagoya Symphony Orchestra to which he has been re-invited.
In 2000 Douglas Boyd made his North American conducting debut with the Gardner Chamber Orchestra. In 2001 he conducted at the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego and at the end of 2002 made his début with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota becoming an Artistic Partner in 2004 a position which he recently relinquished. In May 2008 they undertook a series of concerts at Zankel Hall, New York.
His regular North American appearances have included concerts with the Baltimore, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Pacific and Seattle Symphony Orchestras. In Canada he appears with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and National Arts Orchestra in Ottawa.
Douglas Boyd is fast developing his interest in opera and in 2008 conducted Die Zauberflöte for Glyndebourne Opera on Tour. In 2009 he conducted Fidelio for Garsington Opera and returns in 2010 for Le nozze di Figaro. He recently made his debut with Zurich Opera. In 2013 he will appear with Opera North.
Douglas Boyd is also committed to working with students and has conducted the orchestras of the Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Guildhall School of Music, Oxford and Cambridge Universities and the National Youth Orchestra of Norway.
Douglas Boyd's recording of the Bach Concerti for DG marked his recording debut as director/soloist and his first recordings as a conductor with Manchester Camerata of Beethoven Symphonies No 2 and No 5 and Mahler Symphony No 4 (on Avie) received universal critical acclaim. He has recently recorded Schubert Symphonies with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra on their own label.
The 2010/11 season sees Douglas Boyd conducting the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris.