Douglas Boyd’s international reputation as a conductor is on the rise. In ten seasons as music director of the Manchester Camerata, Boyd has transformed the orchestra into one of England’s finest. His live recordings as conductor with the Manchester Camerata of the complete Beethoven Cycle, in addition to symphonies of Mahler and Mozart, have received universal critical acclaim. Like so many of Boyd’s performances, his debut with the Camerata at London’s fabled BBC Proms concerts was praised for clarity, vibrancy and musicality. Boyd and the Camerata returned to the Proms in July 2009 with an acclaimed program of Haydn and James MacMillan, one of the many living composers he champions.
In 2009, Douglas Boyd joined Switzerland’s oldest orchestra, The Musikkollegium Winterthur, as its principal conductor. He has undertaken several ambitious recording projects, the most recent of which is Schubert Symphonies No. 7 and No. 8. Boyd currently holds the title of principal guest conductor with the City of London Sinfonia and also held a similar post with the Colorado Symphony until Spring 2011. From 2003 through 2009, Boyd served as artistic partner of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), with whom he performed, recorded and toured regularly, including acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Ojai Festival in California.
A founding member and principal oboe of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) until 2002, Boyd’s return to the COE in the role of guest conductor has been a success in London and on tour throughout Europe. The acclaimed Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique performance he led in London for the orchestra’s Silver Jubilee was truly cause for celebration.
Boyd’s recording of the Bach Oboe Concertoes for Deutsche Grammophon marked his recording debut as director/soloist. Boyd has also recorded the works of George Tsontakis with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. The Second Violin Concerto on the Tsontakis recording received both a 2008 Grammy Award nomination and the prestigious Grawemeyer Award. In addition to current releases of Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven, recording projects with his orchestra in Winterthur include CDs of Bruckner, Mussorgsky and Vaughan Williams.