Justin Doyle

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 collaborate until today.

His work as Chief Conductor of the RIAS Kammerchor began with the 2017/18 season with critically acclaimed performances of the “Vespers of 1610” by Claudio Monteverdi at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin and subsequently on tour in Japan.

Alongside a deep love of Renaissance polyphony, Doyle is also highly interested in contemporary music. He and the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin have initiated a series of major commissioned works, which the ensemble presents as world premieres each season. In March 2022 he will conduct Jüri Reinvere’s „Die Vertreibung des Ismael“ in the Philharmonie Berlin. Furthermore, he and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin collaborate on works by George Frideric Handel on a regular basis.

The first three recordings with RIAS Kammerchor Berlin, “Hymn to Cecilia” by Benjamin Britten, “Missa Cellensis” by Joseph Haydn, and “Messiah” by George Frideric Handel, were celebrated by the audience and the critics. Forthcoming engagements lead Doyle to work with the Choir of the Bayerischer Rundfunk, the MDR-Rundfunkchor, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the Swedish Radio Choir and the Coro Sinfônico do Estado de São Paulo.

Doyle works with orchestras such as the Orchestra of Opera North, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Ensemble Resonanz and Finnish Baroque Orchestra on a regular basis. He is in demand as an opera conductor as well, especially for works by Mozart, Haydn and Britten, with productions in recent seasons for Opera North, Buxton Festival and Garsington Opera.

Additionally, Doyle commits passionately to music from other cultures and to musical education. Since 2018 he has been Professor for Choral Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, and he is Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Finnish Sibelius Academy.

As of July 2021

Justin Doyle

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