Roy Goodman is a conductor and violinist, specialising in the performance and direction of early music. He became internationally famous as the 12-year-old boy treble soloist in the March 1963 recording of Allegri's Miserere with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge under David Willcocks.
Goodman studied at the Royal College of Music, and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and Associate of the Royal College of Music. He has also served as Director of Music at the University of Kent in Canterbury and Director of Early Music Studies at the Royal Academy of Music.
As a violinist and concertmaster, he played from 1975 to 1985 under the baton of Ivan Fischer, John Eliot Gardiner, Charles Mackerras, Roger Norrington, and Simon Rattle. He was viola d'amore soloist with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under Neville Marriner and the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy. He has also played as concertmaster or soloist with Frans Brüggen, Philippe Herreweghe, Christopher Hogwood, Rene Jacobs, Trevor Pinnock and Ton Koopman.
As a conductor, Roy Goodman is known for his special expertise with early music, which he often directed from the violin, harpsichord or organ. He was conductor of Reading Youth Orchestra, founder and director of the Brandenburg Consort, co-director of the Parley of Instruments, Principal Conductor of the Hanover Band and Music Director of the European Union Baroque Orchestra. He is Principal Guest Conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra and Director Emeritus of the European Union Baroque Orchestra. He has served as Guest Conductor with over 100 other orchestras, ensembles, and opera companies. In 2006 he made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and returned to San Francisco Opera to conduct a new production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.
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