Paul Goodwin

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Conductor Paul Goodwin

The Englishman surprises and impresses with his unusual concert programmes and is considered a luminary of historically informed performance. No wonder, then, that Paul Goodwin is a sought-after conductor all over the world: from the BBC Philharmonic to the National Orchestra of Taiwan – wherever he goes, success is not long in coming.

About the artist

Dirigent Paul Goodwin

conductor with a fresh approach to performance

Paul Goodwin – versatile conductor and artistic director with a flair for creative, dynamic programming and a fresh approach to performance. He is renowned for his wide repertoire, historically informed interpretations of the music of all periods and his interest in contemporary music.  He is Principal Guest Conductor of the Cappella Aquileia in Germany and Director of Historical Performance Praxis at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid. From 2010 – 2021 he was Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival in California.

Paul Goodwin has a wide symphonic repertoire conducting orchestras throughout the world, such as the BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the UK; the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in the US; the Belgium National, Spanish National, Taiwan National, Hungarian National Opera and Polish National Orchestras, the Rotterdam, Helsinki, Auckland, Melbourne, Seoul and Royal Stockholm Philharmonics and the Radio Orchestras of the BR (München), HR (Frankfurt/Main), SR (Saabrücken), NDR (Hannover), MDR (Leipzig), WDR (Cologne)  along with the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.

In opera, Paul Goodwin‘s successes have included Cosi fan Tutte at the Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen, Iphigénie en Tauride at the Komische Oper Berlin, The Rape of Lucretia at the Teatro Real Madrid, Orlando at both Scottish Opera and Opera Australia, Handel’s Jephta at Welsh National Opera and Riccardo Primo at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe. In Carmel he has conducted Mozart’s Idomeneo, The Magic Flute, Cosi fan Tutte and Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti.

In the 2022-2023 season guest engagements  include the  Warsaw National Philharmonic, the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and the Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz.

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.  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 Kožená.  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. He has collaborated with the Münchner Rundfunk Orchester on two discs for Sony, one of Prokoviev‘s Peter and the Wolf paired with Paddington Bear, and the other accompanying the violinist Charlie Siem in virtuoso violin music of Kreisler, called “Underneath the stars”.

Paul Goodwin has a strong following on Spotify with his most popular track: Sospiri Op.70 by Edward Elgar listened to more than 10 million times. There are at present 23 of his albums available to listen to on Spotify.

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 Frederic Handel. 

In 2021, a two year Music Fellowship was set up in honour of Paul Goodwin’s 11 years tenure at the Carmel Bach Festival, in collaboration with CSUMB (California State University Monterey Bay).

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