Artistic Director and Principal Conductor: Carmel Bach Festival
Principal Guest Conductor: Cappella Aquileia
Representation: General Management
Photo: Carmel Bach Festival
Paul Goodwin is well known for his creative and dynamic programming and incorporating period style within the traditional orchestral world. He has achieved great acclaim for his historically informed interpretations as well as delivering fresh, exciting and original accounts of mainstream compositions. His extensive repertoire spans from the fourteenth century to the present day.
Paul is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival and Principal Guest Conductor of Cappella Aquileia. He has conducted orchestras throughout the world including the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Utah Symphony, New World Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra the Rotterdam, Auckland, Helsinki and Royal Stockholm Philharmonics and radio orchestras in Munich, Frankfurt, Hannover and Leipzig.
In opera, Paul’s successes have included Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride at the Komische Oper Berlin, Britten’s Rape of Lucretia at the Teatro Real Madrid, Handel’s Orlando at Scottish Opera and Opera Australia, Handel’s Jephtha at Welsh National Opera and Handel’s Riccardo Primo at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe.
Recent and future highlights include his Japanese conducting debut at the Chofu International Music Festival, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Warsaw Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Les Violons du Roy, Seoul Philharmonic, National Taiwan Symphony, the New World Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
For 11 years Paul was the Associate Conductor of the Academy of Ancient Music with whom he 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 were nominated for Grammy (USA) and Gramophone (UK) awards. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra for 6 years, collaborating with artists such as Kiri Te Kanawa, Joshua Bell, Maria João Pires, Mstislav Rostropovich and Magdalena Kozena. Elsewhere, he has recorded CDs of Strauss, Hartmann, Handel’s Riccardo Primo and Athalia, and a highly acclaimed CD of Elgar’s Nursery Suite for Harmonia Mundi. With the Münchner Rundfunkorchester he has recorded two CDs for Sony: one that includes Prokovief Peter and the Wolf and the other, “under the stars”, in collaboration with violinist Charlie Siem.
Paul’s dedication to educational projects has led him to work with National Youth Orchestras in Spain and Holland, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonic, the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, as well as the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and the orchestras of the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, London. For many years he was a regular visiting conductor for the Queen Elisabeth Competition Brussels. In 2007, Paul Goodwin was awarded the Handel Honorary Prize of the City of Halle (Saale) in recognition of his extraordinary services to performances of works by George Frideric Handel.