Neil Thomson is one of the most
widely-respected and versatile British conductors of his generation. Born in
1966, he studied with Norman Del Mar at the Royal College of Music in London
and later at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein and Kurt Sanderling.
He has conducted and recorded with the
London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia (in a broadcast with Steven
Isserlis) and in the past five years has worked with the Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal
Scottish National Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra in Denmark, Lithuanian
National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo, Palermo,Orquesta
Sinfonica de Yucatan in Mexico, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and the RTE
Concert Orchestra. In May 2005 he was invited to conduct the 50th Anniversary
Memorial Concert for George Enescu with the Romanian National Orchestra and
soloists David Geringas and Carmen Oprisanu.
Since 2008 he has made successful débuts
(and immediate re-invitations) with the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé
Orchestra, the Orquestra Nacional do Porto and the WDR Rundfunkorchester,Koln.
He has performed with many distinguished
soloists including Sir James Galway, Dame Moura Lympany, Sir Thomas Allen,Dame
Felicity Lott, Philip Langridge, Sarah Chang, Steven Isserlis, Julian Lloyd
Webber, David Geringas, Natalie Clein, Gyorgy Pauk, Brett Dean, Jean-Philippe
Collard,Peter Jablonski, and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.
Recent collaborations include a Schumann
Cello Concerto with Steven Isserlis, a Liszt Second Piano Concerto with Stephen
Hough and the premiere of Joseph Phibb’s new Percussion Concerto with Dame
Evelyn Glennie at the Cheltenham Festival.
From 1992 until 2006 he was Head of
Conducting at the Royal College of Music. The youngest-ever incumbent of this
post (first held by Sir Adrian Boult in 1916 and thereafter by conductors such
as Sir Malcolm Sargent, Constant Lambert, Vernon Handley and Norman Del Mar).
He was made an Honorary Member of the
RCM in 1994 for his services to the institution and has established an enviable
reputation as an orchestral trainer.
as a natural communicator have enhanced an already growing reputation as a
teacher throughout Europe. He was invited twice to the EU-sponsored
masterclasses in Vilnius, Lithuania and has been a Guest Professor at the
Mozarteum in Salzburg,the Krakow Academy of Music and the Conservatoire
"Arrigo Boito" in Parma. In 2002 he was invited by Lorin Maazel to be
on the jury for the European rounds of the Maazel Conducting Competition. In
2007 Neil was on the jury, alongside Gunther Schuller, for the Eduardo Mata
International Conducting Competition in Mexico City and in May 2012 for the
Prokofiev Conducting Competition in St.Petersburg.