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Geoffrey Paterson studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He took composition lessons with Alexander Goehr, participated in conducting masterclasses with Pierre Boulez and trained as a repetiteur at the National Opera Studio. He won First Prize at the 2009 Leeds Conductors Competition, also winning the audience prize.

He works regularly at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, assisting conductors including Antonio Pappano, Mark Elder, Andris Nelsons and Daniele Gatti on an extensive repertoire. Operas conducted for the ROH include Massenet's Le Portrait de Manon (recorded for Opera Rara), Julian Grant's Hot House, Julian Philips' How the Whale Became and scenes from Britten's Death in Venice.

He made his debut at Opera North conducting
La bohème and has conducted Don Giovanni and La Vie Parisienne for Iford Festival Opera. Other recent operatic work includes George Benjamin's Into the Little Hill (Hamburg Symphony Orchestra), Julian Philips' Followers (Glyndebourne) and David Bruce's The Firework-Maker's Daughter (The Opera Group). He was invited to join the music staff of the 2013 Bayreuth Festival for Der Ring des Nibelungen and returns in 2014.

His recent concert work includes the Manchester Camerata's New Year's Gala, several concerts with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and Stockhausen's
Gruppen with the London Sinfonietta, with whom he has also recorded for NMC.

In 2014 he conducts
Porgy and Bess (Royal Danish Opera), HK Gruber's Gloria - a Pigtale (Mahogany Opera Group/Bregenz Festival) and the world première of Søren Nils Eichberg's Glare (The Royal Opera). He makes his debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, records for BBC Radio 3 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and returns to the London Sinfonietta for a première by Bryn Harrison and Birtwistle's Theseus Game.

Plans for 2015 include the world première of a new Birtwistle stage work to form a double-blll with
The Corridor (Aldeburgh/The Royal Opera).