Paul Goodwin

Paul Goodwin is renowned for his historically informed interpretations of music of all periods, his wide repertoire and his interest in contemporary music. He has a great passion for incorporating period style within the traditional orchestral world and creating idiosyncratic and dynamic programs. He is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival in California.

Paul has a wide symphonic repertoire conducting orchestras throughout the world, such as: the BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the UK; the San Francisco Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in the US; the National Orchestras of Belgian, Spanish and Poland, the Rotterdam, Helsinki and Royal Stockholm Philharmonics, and the Bayerischer, Hessischer, NDR (Hannover) and MDR (Leipzig) Rundfunkorchester in Europe.

In opera, Paul’s successes have included Iphigenie en Tauride at the Komische Oper Berlin, Rape of Lucretia at the Teatro Real Madrid and Orlando at Scottish Opera and Opera Australia, and Handel’s Jeptha at Welsh National Opera.

Recent highlights have included San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Les Violons du Roy, Utah Symphony, National Taiwan Symphony, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, WDR Rundfunkorchester Koln, Münchner Rundfunkorchester and Handel’s Riccardo Primo with Staatstheater Karlsruhe. In the 2015-2016 season, Paul conducts the Ulster Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and conducts Messiah with the Hungarian State Opera.

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.  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. 

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 Frederic Handel.