Previously he has held the positions of Chief Conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur, Music Director of Manchester Camerata, Principal Guest Conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Partner of St Paul Chamber Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of City of London Sinfonia.
Over recent years in the UK Douglas Boyd has conducted all the BBC Orchestras, Northern Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, Royal Scottish National, Scottish Chamber, City of Birmingham Symphony, and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras. On the continent he has worked with, amongst others, the Bergen Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Basel Sinfoniieorchester, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, as well as Munich Chamber Orchestra and Kammerakademie Potsdam.
Further afield he has conducted the Nagoya Symphony Orchestra in Japan and made hugely successful visits to Australia conducting both the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. He also regularly conducts across North America and Canada.
Operatic engagements have included Die Zauberflöte for Glyndebourne Opera on Tour, Salieri’s La Grotto di Tronfonio for Zürich Opera and Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito with Opera North. Productions he has conducted for Garsington Opera include Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan Tutte, Eugene Onegin, Silver Birch (Roxanna Panufnik, world premiere), concert performances of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Haydn’s The Creation with Ballet Rambert, and most recently Richard Strauss’s Capriccio.
Douglas Boyd’s recording of the Bach Concerti for DG marked his recording debut as director/soloist and he has since gone on to build an extensive discography. His recordings conducting the Manchester Camerata in the complete Beethoven Symphonies, Mahler Symphony No 4 (on Avie) and Das Lied von der Erde have received universal critical acclaim. He has also recorded Schubert Symphonies with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra on their own label as well as several recordings with Musikkollegium Winterthur.
In addition to his concerts with L’Orchestre de Chambre de Paris both in Paris and on tour, recent and future highlights include concerts with the Alborg Symfonikester, Antwerp Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Britten Sinfonia, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Los Angeles Chamber, Melbourne Symphony, Minnesota, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Philharmonia,Tasmania, and West Australia Symphony Orchestras.