Paul McCreesh

Paul McCreesh is renowned for the energy and passion of his musicianship and the interpretative insight he brings to repertoire of the widest stylistic and historical breadth. His authoritative performances are founded on uncompromising drive and vision, alongside a hunger for new challenges.

First established as the Artistic Director of Gabrieli Consort & Players, he now guest-conducts some of the world’s finest orchestras including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Bergen Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and Dallas Symphony. He is a former Principal Conductor and Artistic Director at the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lisbon, and served for six seasons as Artistic Director of the Wratislavia Cantans festival in Wrocław, Poland.

At the heart of McCreesh’s music-making is a determination to broaden access to the arts. In the UK he leads Gabrieli’s Roar project for young singers and is renowned for his ambition in expanding opportunities in music education for all.

McCreesh’s ever-questioning spirit makes him a difficult artist to categorise; he is as likely to be found conducting Purcell’s theatre works as Elgar’s symphonies or an a cappella part song. He is particularly known for his performances of major choral works such as Britten’s War Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Verdi’s Requiem, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius and Haydn’s The Creation and The Seasons. He brings to all this repertoire the same rigorous scholarship and interpretative flair that defined his early career, continuing to confirm his reputation for innovation. With a 30-year recording career which includes many iconic projects and numerous award-winning benchmark recordings, he is well known as one of today’s most highly regarded recording artists.

Paul McCreesh is represented by Rayfield Allied worldwide.