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. 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. In a successful return to the Proms in 2009, Boyd and the Camerata presented a program of works by James MacMillan, one of the many living composers Boyd champions, and Haydn.
As principal conductor of Switzerland’s oldest orchestra, The Musikkollegium Winterthur, Boyd has undertaken several ambitious recording projects, including Schubert’s Seventh and Eighth symphonies. He serves as principal guest conductor with the City of London Sinfonia, and held a similar post with the Colorado Symphony until spring 2011. Boyd was artistic partner of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (2003 – 2009), recording, touring and performing with the ensemble at Carnegie Hall and the Ojai Festival, among others.
North American conducting highlights include appearances with the Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Toronto and Utah symphonies. Around the globe, Boyd has conducted the BBC, Bournemouth, Budapest Festival, Irish Chamber and Royal Scottish National orchestras; the Salzburg Mozarteum; Japan’s NHK Symphony; Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Sydney and Melbourne symphony orchestras. Boyd’s opera repertoire includes The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro and Fidelio.
A founding member, and principal oboe until 2002, of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Boyd has returned to guest conduct the COE in London and on tour throughout Europe. He led a performance of Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique for the COE’s Silver Jubilee which was truly cause for celebration.
Boyd’s made his recording debut as director/soloist with Bach’s Oboe Concertos on Deutsche Grammophon. He received a Grammy nomination for a recording of George Tsontakis’ Second Violin Concerto with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. His recording projects with The Musikkollegium Winterthur include Bruckner, Mussorgsky and Vaughan Williams.