Biography

Education

King’s School Worcester (Music Exhibition award and Worcester Cathedral chorister), Durham University (B.A. Honours degree) and The Royal Academy of Music (principal study piano).

Early Career

Chamber musician and collaborative pianist in recital and for masterclasses – Britten-Pears School for Advanced Studies: (Peter Pears, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Janet Baker, Heather Harper, Hugues Cuenod, Susanne Danco, Hans Hotter etc…)

– Repetiteur (France Musique, Nancy Opera House, Glyndebourne Tour….)

– Conductor for the French experimental opera group ARCAL (The Turn of the Screw, L’Ormindo, Orlando, Le Pauvre Matelot, Così fan tutte…..)

– Assistant conductor Berlioz Festival (Les Troyens, Benvenuto Cellini)

Main Career

– Deputy to the Music Director Myung Whun Chung at the Paris Opera 1991 -1993 (Le Nozze di Figaro, Das Lied von der Erde, Die Zauberflöte…..)

– Kappelmeister Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf – Duisburg.

– Guest conductor world-wide: Paris Opera, L’Orchestre de Paris, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Staatskapelle Dresden, Vienna Philharmonic, Opera Australia, Royal Swedish Opera, English National Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Konzerthaus Orhestra Berlin, Frankfurt Opera, Teatro di San Carlo Naples, L’Orchestre National de France, Warsaw Philharmonic….

  • Music Director Duisburger Philharmoniker 2002 – 2011
  • Music Director and Music Director Emeritus Vancouver Opera 2002 – present
Recent Engagements
  • Wiener Staatsoper (Madame Butterfly, Otello, Don Carlos)
  • Semperoper Dresden Die Zauberflöte, Eugene Onegin, Fidelio, Il Barbiere di Seviglia, Don Giovanni)
  • Hamburg State Opera (Die Fledermaus)
  • Royal Swedish Opera Stockholm (Le Nozze di Figaro, La Bohème, Jenufa)
  • Frankfurt Opera (Falstaff, The Makropulos Case, Vanessa)
  • Nürnberger Symphoniker
  • Orchestre de Paris
  • Paris Opera (Soirée Mats Ek)
Upcoming Engagements
  • Semperoper Dresden (La Bohème, Die Zauberflöte)
  • Leipzig opera (Don Giovanni)
  • Paris Opera (Le Rouge et le Noir, Soirée Mats Ek)
Awards
  • Chevalier des Arts et des letters
  • Hon LRAM
  • Hon FRAM
  • Duisburg Mercartorplakette
  • Musikpreis Köhler-Osbar-Stiftung
  • Echo Klassic Preis 2010
Select Recordings
  • Tchaikovsky violin concerto (Susanna Yoko-Henkel)
  • Schostakovich Symphony Nr.15
  • Debussy La Mer
  • Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
  • Mahler Symphonies 5 and 6
  • Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade
  • Jolivet piano concerto (Pascal
  • Strauss Don Quixote
  • Poulenc Les Animaux Modèles

Custom conducting batons by Craig C. Tomlinson

 

Craig C. Tomlinson began building folk instruments in late 1960s. In 1975, he was asked to work on a kit-based two-manual French Harpsichord for a Vancouver player. The challenge of this task opened up a new world for him. After building several more kit instruments, Tomlinson decided to build his own Harpsichords adopting the designs, materials and methods found in historical Harpsichords. The instruments he envisioned combined a balance between the tonal intricacies of the sound, a keyboard and action that responded perfectly to the player’s touch and an aesthetic beauty in its decoration. It also had to be a very stable, reliable instrument.

All of Tomlinson’s instrument designs, materials and structure are based on the surviving 17th and 18th Century Harpsichords from the French, Flemish, Italian and German schools of building. To ensure stability, he only uses well seasoned timbers of yellow poplar, German spruce, Swiss pear, Italian cypress and European beech along with logs of ebony, boxwood and holly.

Virtually all of the parts used in the instruments including the keyboards and jacks are handmade in Tomlinson’s West Vancouver workshop.

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