© John Batten
He was born in Glasgow and studied with Janet Craxton at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and with Maurice Bourgue in Paris. A founding member and principal oboist of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe until 2002, he now conducts them on a regular basis. In addition to his concerts with Manchester Camerata Douglas Boyd appears with many of the UK’s major orchestras. Over recent years these have included the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia. He has also conducted many leading European orchestras.
Further afield he made a hugely successful visit to Australia conducting both the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. He returned to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2011 to conduct the complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies. He made his conducting debut in Japan in 2010 with the Nagoya Symphony Orchestra to which he returned in 2011. In 2000 Douglas Boyd made his North American conducting debut with the Gardner Chamber Orchestra and in 2002 made his debut with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota, becoming an Artistic Partner in 2004. His regular North American appearances have included concerts with the Baltimore, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Pacific and Seattle symphony orchestras. In Canada he appears with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and National Arts Orchestra in Ottawa.
Douglas Boyd is fast developing his interest in opera and in 2008 conducted Die Zauberflöte for Glyndebourne Opera on Tour. In 2009 he conducted Fidelio for Garsington Opera and Salieri’s La grotto di Tronfonio for Zurich Opera. He returned to Garsington in 2010 for Le nozze di Figaro. He is committed to working with students and has conducted the orchestras of the Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Guildhall School of Music, Oxford and Cambridge Universities and the National Youth Orchestra of Norway.
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
|Andante e Rondo Ungarese, Op 35 (Weber)|
|Bassoon Concertino in B flat major, Perger 52/5 (Haydn)|
|Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K191 K186e (Mozart)|
|Bassoon Concerto in F major (Stamitz)|
|Bassoon Concerto in F major, Op 75 (Weber)|
|Phantasie in C major, Op 131 (Schumann)|
|Violin Concerto in A minor, Op 129 (Schumann)|
|Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO23 (Schumann)|