British Conductor Robert Guy has established himself as one of the most exciting conductors of his generation. Robert, who hails from North Wales, was shortlisted for the Cadaqués and Besançon International Conducting Competitions, and is Artistic Director of the award winning NEW Sinfonia. As a regular Guest Conductor to the Manchester Camerata, Robert has worked with Tine Thing Helseth, recorded for Sony Playstation and conducted a new commission by Philip Venables for Manchester International Festival. Robert is part of the creative partnership team as conductor between Welsh National Opera, North Wales International Music Festival and the NEW Sinfonia. Highlights for next season include making his debut at the Mozarteum Orchestrahaus in Salzburg, conducting the Honor Chamber String Orchestra.
Robert holds the MMus and FRSM qualifications, having studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester. He has acted as Assistant Conductor to the Britten-Pears Orchestra with Kirill Karabits. Robert was also chosen to work with the Berliner Philharmoniker Ensemble at the ‘Conductors Lab’ in Aix-en-Provence, Berlin Sinfonietta with Michail Jurowski, Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Sian Edwards and Charles Peebles, and the Schleswig-Holstein Chamber Choir in Lübeck with Simon Halsey and Nicholas Fink.
Other notable career highlights include conducting the Astana Opera Orchestra in Kazakhstan and adjudicating the ‘St David’s Day Eisteddfod’ hosted by Haileybury Astana. In 2016, Robert was ‘Conductor in Residence’ at the ‘Inspire Arts Festival’ hosted by NLCS held in Jeju South Korea and made his debut at St David’s Hall Cardiff, working with Allen Vizzutti in the gala concert of the ‘Arcomis International Brass Festival’.
Celebrated for their outstanding creative work, the NEW Sinfonia has been appointed as Orchestra in Residence at the ‘North Wales International Music Festival’, where he has worked with esteemed artists who include Federico Colli, Ye-Eun Choi, Tamsin Waley-Cohen and WNO artistes. In 2016, Robert conducted the World Premiere of Paul Mealor’s Symphony No.2 and worked with international pianist Llŷr Williams. Using music as a powerful therapy for supporting health and wellbeing, the NEW Sinfonia have taken their music making to communities in schools and hospitals, supported by Arts & Business Cymru Culture Step.
Robert is a passionate leader and active educator. In September, in addition to his Director of Choral Programme role he will take up a new role at the University of Manchester as conductor to MUMS university ensembles and lead their elite undergraduate conducting programme. He also is a Tutor in Conducting at the University of Huddersfield. His conducting students have secured posts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus and Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. He is Principal Conductor to the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra of Square Chapel in Halifax.
2017 – 2018 season. Not to be edited without permission of Robert