Roy Goodman


Born: January 26, 1951
Country: England

Roy Goodman is a leading conductor in the period instrument movement, but has a repertoire that extends well into the current era.

He began his musical life as a chorister at King's College, Cambridge, where he studied violin and organ. As such, he was the treble soloist in a famous recording of Allegri's Miserere conducted by David Willcocks. His higher musical education was at the Royal College of Music in London. He became interested in historical performance practice.

After graduation, he debuted in 1974 as a conductor with a repertory including symphonies of Sibelius and Shostakovich. In 1975 he formed The Brandenburg Consort, and continued to direct it regularly until 2001. As this was not a full time professional job, he made his living primarily as a freelance violinist and as a teacher.

In 1986 he became principal conductor of the period instrument orchestra, the Hanover Band. The name of the orchestra was meant to reflect the era of the Hanoverian kings of England (roughly 1700 through the age of Beethoven). The band became one of the best known period instrument groups for its bright, very forward sound. During Goodman's tenure with the Hanover Band, which concluded in 1994, he took it on seven tours of North America.

In 1988 he took the position of musical director of the European Union Baroque Orchestra and has led it on tours of Europe, Turkey, Cyprus, and South Africa. In July, 1996, Goodman became principal conductor of the Umea Symphony Orchestra in Umea, Sweden, also home of the Swedish Northern Opera. He also took on the post of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra's principal conductor.

He regularly conducts leading international orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. His repertory extends from 1610 (Monteverdi's Vespers) to 1995 (Anders Nilsson's Concerto for Saxophone Quartet). He has conducted opera at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, Opera North in England, and Opera Northern Ireland.

He has recorded for RCA, Hyperion, and Nimbus, including complete Schumann symphonies and major projects of symphonies by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Cherubini, and, from the Baroque: Purcell, Corelli, Bach, and Handel. But he has recorded a wider repertory, including Mendelssohn, Weber, and Holst.

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