Paul Goodwin is renowned for his historically informed interpretations of music of all periods, his wide repertoire and his interest in contemporary music. He has a great passion for incorporating period style within the traditional orchestral world and creating idiosyncratic and dynamic programs. He is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival in California.
Paul has a wide symphonic repertoire, conducting orchestras including: the BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In the US he has conducted the Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. In Europe he has worked with the Belgian and Spanish National Orchestras, the Rotterdam, Helsinki, Real Filharmonia de Galicia and Royal Stockholm Philharmonics and the Bayerischer, Hessischer, NDR (Hannover), and MDR (Leipzig) Rundfunkorchester.
In opera, Paul’s recent successes have included Iphigenie en Tauride at the Komische Oper Berlin, Rape of Lucretia at the Teatro Real Madrid and Orlando at Scottish Opera, following its previous success at Opera Australia and Handel’s Jeptha at Welsh National Opera.
In the 2014/15 season Paul conducts the Auckland Philharmonic, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, WDR Rundfunkorchester Koln, Philadelphia Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Polish National Radio Symphony, Basel Symphony Orchestra and Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn. He conducts Handel’s Riccardo Primo with Staatstheater Karlsruhe and St. Matthew Passion with Fundacion Excelentia Madrid. Recent highlights have included Junge Deutsche Philharmonic, Grosses Orchester Graz, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Orchestra Teatro San Carlo, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Mozarteum Orchestra.
For 11 years Paul was the Associate Conductor of the Academy of Ancient Music with whom he toured extensively and made recordings of Schutz choral music, Mozart’s singspiel ‘Zaide’ and two discs of music by John Tavener, commissioned for the AAM. Three of these CDs were nominated for Grammy (USA) and Gramophone (UK) awards. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra for 6 years, collaborating with artists such as Kiri Te Kanawa, Joshua Bell, Maria João Pires, Mstislav Rostropovich and Magdalena Kozena. He has recorded CDs of Strauss, Hartmann, Handel’s Riccardo Primo and Athalia, and a highly acclaimed CD of Elgar's Nursery Suite for Harmonia Mundi.
Paul’s dedication to educational projects has led him to work with National Youth Orchestras in Spain and Holland as well as the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and the orchestras of the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, London. For many years he has been a regular visiting conductor for the Queen Elisabeth Competition Brussels. In 2007, Paul Goodwin was awarded the Handel Honorary Prize of the City of Halle (Saale) in recognition of his extraordinary services to performances of works by George Frederic Handel.