Biography of Paul McCreesh

Paul McCreeshPaul McCreesh is the founder and Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players which he established in 1982, with whom he has toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. From 2006-2012 McCreesh was Artistic Director of the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Wroclaw (Poland), one of Eastern Europe's most prestigious and vital cultural events, and in September 2012 he was appointed as the new Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lisbon) from the 13/14 season.

As guest conductor McCreesh works regularly with orchestras and choirs across the globe in a wide range of music. Recent and future engagements include the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Budapest Festival, Spanish National, Danish National, Bergen Philharmonic, St Paul Chamber and further afield the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony orchestras. McCreesh's orchestral repertoire ranges from the classical period - drawing from his experience in early repertoire - to large-scale symphonic works of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and his experience as an acclaimed choral conductor is reflected in his performances of many of the major oratorios of all periods. McCreesh has also established a strong reputation in the field of opera and has conducted productions at the Teatro Real Madrid, Royal Danish, Komische Oper Berlin, Vlaams Opera amongst others, and most recently a semi-staged performance of Le Nozze di Figaro at the Verbier Festival.

Paul McCreesh's large catalogue of award-winning recordings with Deutsche Grammophon include A Spotless Rose (2009), which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2010, and Haydn's The Creation (2008), which received a Gramophone Award for Best Choral Recording. He now records for his own label Winged Lion – launched in 2011 in collaboration with the Gabrieli Consort & Players, Signum Classics and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival. The label's debut recording of Berlioz's gargantuan Grande Messe des Morts was a great critical success, winning a BBC Award, and has been followed by Mendelssohn Elijah which has just been released in September 2012. Future recording plans include Haydn The Seasons and Britten War Requiem.

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.

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