Award-winning English conductor Paul McCreesh has been making innovative recordings and conducting thrilling performances of choral, operatic and symphonic music for over 30 years. Paul works with LYC through our partnership with the Gabrieli Consort, via the Gabrieli ROAR programme.
He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players which he established in 1982 and with whom he has toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. In 2013 he became Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, with whom he is conducting a wide range of music from the classical period through to the nineteenth and twentieth century, focusing in particular on symphonic repertoire, oratorio and opera in concert, working closely with the world-renowned Gulbenkian Choir.
McCreesh is well-known for the energy and passion that he brings to his music-making, and guest conducts many major orchestras and choirs across the globe, including most recently the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony orchestras. Highlights of his 2014/15 season include his debut in Japan conducting the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and returns to the Verbier Festival Orchestra and St Paul Chamber Orchestra, in the USA, with whom he enjoys a regular and ongoing collaboration.
McCreesh is also active in opera houses, conducting productions at the Teatro Real Madrid, Royal Danish Opera, Vlaamse Opera and at the Verbier Festival. In 2014/15 he will conduct Hérold’s Le Pré aux Clercs at Opéra Comique, Paris, and he will return to Vlaamse Opera for a new production of Le nozze di Figaro.
In 2011 McCreesh launched his own record label, Winged Lion, in collaboration with the Gabrieli Consort & Players, Signum Classics and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival, where he was Artistic Director between 2006 and 2012. To date the label has released six albums, three of which have received major awards: Britten War Requiem (BBC Music Magazine Award, 2014), Mendelssohn Elijah (Diapason d’Or Award, 2013) and Berlioz’s gargantuan Grande Messe des Morts (BBC Award, 2012). The Winged Lion recordings build on his large catalogue of recordings with Deutsche Grammophon, which includes the Gramophone Award-winning Haydn The Creation.
McCreesh is especially passionate about working with young musicians and broadening access to classical music; he works regularly with youth orchestras and choirs and is active in building new educational initiatives whenever possible.