Justin Doyle is Chief Conductor and artistic director of the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin.
Born in 1975 in Lancaster, England, Doyle’s musical education began as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral, and a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. He won second prize in the prestigious Cadaqués Orchestra Conducting Competition in 2006 in Barcelona and was awarded the Conductor Fellowship with the BBC Singers, with whom he continues to work until today.
His work as Chief Conductor of RIAS Kammerchor began with the 2017-18 season with a critically acclaimed debut of the “Marienvesper” by Claudio Monteverdi at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, which he and the choir also presented during their debut in Japan. Since then, he has initiated several commissioned works, which the ensemble presents as world premieres each season. Furthermore, he and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin concentrate on works by Georg Friedrich Händel on a regular basis. He expands the polyphone repertoire of the choir and directs the singers to works such as the “Missa Salisburgensis” by Heinrich Biber or an individual compilation of folk songs from all over the world. The first two recordings with the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin, “Hymn to Cecilia” by Benjamin Britten and “Missa Cellensis” by Joseph Haydn, were celebrated by the audience and critics.
This season Ieads Doyle to ensembles like the choir of the Bayerischer Rundfunk, the MDR-Rundfunkchor, the Swedish Radio Choir, the Coro Sinfônico do Estado de São Paulo and the BBC Singers. Moreover, he worked with orchestras such as the Orchestra of Opera North, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra on a regular basis.
Justin Doyle is in great demand as an opera conductor as well, especially works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn and Benjamin Britten, and productions of former seasons at the Opera North, at the Buxton Festival and at the Garsington Opera Festival. Additionally, Justin Doyle commits passionately to music from other cultures and musical education. Since 2018 Doyle has been visiting professor for Choral Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin. Furthermore, he is Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Finnish Sibelius Academy.
As of July 2020