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Paul Goodwin

  • Conductor


Paul Goodwin is one of Britain’s most versatile conductors, renowned for his historically informed interpretations of baroque, classical and romantic music, while also being a great advocate of contemporary music. He has a great passion for incorporating period style within the traditional orchestral world, and creating unusual and dynamic programs. Paul works closely with the Academy of Ancient Music, with whom he has toured extensively and made recordings of Schutz choral music, Mozart’s singspiel Zaide and two discs of music by John Tavener, commissioned for the AAM. Three of these CDs have been nominated for Grammy (USA) and Gramophone (UK) awards.

Subsequent AAM commissions were pieces by David Bedford, John Woolrich and, most recently, Thea Musgrave. Paul is a regular guest conductor with the Kammerorchester Basel, with whom he performs both on modern and period instruments in a wide range of repertoire. He has recorded CDs of both Handel’s Opera Lotario and the complete Riccardo Primo and will be recording Handel's first great Oratorio Atthalia later this year. He is also a regular guest conductor with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern and has recorded four discs with them: Christmas music from Praetorius to Britten, music by Richard Strauss, orchestral music of Amadeus Hartmann and a forthcoming disc of the music of Igor Stravinsky. Paul was the Principal Guest Conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra for six years, collaborating with such artists as Kiri Te Kanawa, Joshua Bell, Maria João Pires, Mstislav Rostropovich and Magdalena Kozena.

He has recorded CDs of Ami Beach and a highly acclaimed CD of Elgar's Nursery Suite for Harmonia Mundi.