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 unusual 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, 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 Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in the US; the Belgium National, Spainish National, Taiwan National, Hungarian National Opera and Polish National Orchestras, the Rotterdam, Helsinki, Auckland and Royal Stockholm Philharmonics and the Bayerischer, Hessischer, NDR (Hannover), MDR (Leipzig), WDR (Cologne) Rundfunkorchesters along with the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin.
In opera, Paul’s successes have included Iphigenie en Tauride at the Komische Oper Berlin, Rape of Lucretia at the Teatro Real Madrid, Orlando at both Scottish Opera and Opera Australia, Handel's Jeptha at Welsh National Opera and recently Handel's Riccardo Primo in the Staatstheater Karlsruhe.
In the 2015/16 season Paul conducts the Ulster Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra.
He is planning the 2016 Carmel Bach Festival with a theme of "Bach Inspires", following on from this year's success of "Bach, Bohemia and Beyond". Among the highlights of the 40 plus concerts will be performances of Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony paired with the Bach cantata that inspired it, Ein Feste Burg; CPE Bach's too often overlooked Magnificat; and a dramaticaly realised concert performance of Mozart's Idomeneo, a continuation of Mozart opera after the big success of The Magic Flute this year.
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. He has recently collaborated with the Münchner Rundfunk Orchester on two discs for Sony, one of Prokovief Peter and the Wolf paired with Paddington Bear, and the other accompanying the violinist Charlie Siem in virtuoso violin music beloved of Kreisler, called "Underneath the stars".
He has taken great delight over the years by commisioning pieces from a number of contemporary composers, such as John Tavener, David Bedford, Thea Musgrave, John Woolrich, John Corigliano, Curt Cacciopo, Caroline Shaw and Ben Wallfisch and continues to commission a new piece every year.
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, the New World Symphony in Miami, the Fundacion Excelencia choir and orchestra in Madrid, 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.
What do the press say:
" ......so terrific was Goodwin's sweep and detailing in the piece that it was a revelation."
"From the very first notes of this work, Goodwin had served notice that he is a conductor of phenomenal gifts."
"Paul Goodwin leads with brilliance, style and wit"
"For my taste, Maestro Goodwin cannot come back to Philadelphia soon enough."