Robert Guy is Artistic Director of the award winning NEW Sinfonia, Head of the Choral Programme and Tutor in Conducting at the University of Manchester, and Tutor in Conducting at the University of Huddersfield. This year he will lead an exciting new partnership between Welsh National Opera and NEW Sinfonia conducting the WNO Chorus North. In October, Robert conducted the Manchester Camerata, working with Tine Thing Helseth, and also conducted a commercial recording for Playstation with the Manchester Camerata. In April, he was re-invited to work with the Manchester Camerata in a new commission by Philip Venables for Manchester International Festival.
The NEW Sinfonia has been appointed as Orchestra in Residence at the ‘North Wales International Music Festival’. As part of this year’s residency Robert will work with Federico Colli and Ye-Eun Choi in September. Last year, Robert conducted the World Premiere of Paul Mealor’s Symphony No.2 and worked with renowned violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen.
Robert is a passionate teacher and is delighted his first students at the University of Manchester have this year taken up posts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus and the Masters Conducting Programme at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
In 2016, Robert was invited to be Conductor in Residence at the ‘Inspire Arts Festival’ held in Jeju, South Korea. He was also chosen to work with the Schleswig-Holstein Chamber Choir in Lübeck, working with Simon Halsey and Nicholas Fink. In 2015, he conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as part of the ‘St Magnus International Festival’, working with Sian Edwards and Charles Peebles.
Other notable career highlights include conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker Ensemble at the ‘Conductors Lab’ in Aix-en-Provence and making his debut at St David’s Hall Cardiff, working with Allen Vizzutti in the gala concert of the ‘Arcomis International Brass Festival’. Robert was also invited to conduct at the ‘International Masterclasses Berlin’ where he worked with Michail Jurowski and the Berlin Sinfonietta. He has acted as Assistant Conductor to the Britten-Pears Orchestra with Kirill Karabits.
Robert is a passionate leader and active educator. He is Principal Conductor to the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra of Square Chapel in Halifax. As a leading Choral Conductor he directed the Huddersfield Choral Society in a concert performance of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. He holds the MMus and FRSM qualifications, having studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester.
2016 – 2017 season. Not to be edited without permission of Robert