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Dominic Grier

Dominic Grier <em>Photo: Erick William Lestrange</em>

Photo: Erick William Lestrange

Dominic Grier is acknowledged as a young conductor of distinction, equally at home in opera, ballet and symphonic work, as well as contemporary music and orchestral training.  He was a permanent staff conductor at the Royal Opera House from 2008-10, affiliated with the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, and has since served as a regular guest conductor with many of the foremost ballet companies in the UK and Europe including The Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Flanders Royal Ballet, and Scottish Ballet.  He enjoys a particularly strong connection with Birmingham Royal Ballet, where he has performed a wide repertoire every season since 2012.  He is also Music Director of the Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra and was Guest Conductor for Northern Ballet from 2010-12.

In the field of opera, he made a critically acclaimed guest conducting début at the Opéra National de Lyon in March 2010, with the French premiere of Copland’s The Tender Land, and had formerly worked as an Assistant Conductor there, where his repertoire includedSiegfried (2007), Porgy and Bess (2008 and 2010) and Death in Venice (2009).  He has also assisted on Peter Grimes at the Aldeburgh Festival, and has served as rehearsal conductor to the Britten-Pears Orchestra.  Most recently, he conducted Malcolm Arnold’s opera The Open Window with the Berkeley Ensemble.  He works frequently as a pianist for coaching at the Royal Opera House, working with many of the young singers on the Jette Parker Programme.

He has served as Music Director of the Ashover Festival Orchestra (2007-9) and of the King's College London Symphony Orchestra (2009-12), Principal Conductor of the London International Orchestra of Academia (2006-8) and Assistant Conductor for British Youth Opera (2007).  He is increasingly active as a teacher of conducting, and was recently appointed Tutor in Undergraduate Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music from September 2016, having previously taught courses there from 2009-11. 

On the concert platform, he has worked recently with the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, the Orchestre de Limoges et du Limousin, the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, the Tokyo City Philharmonic, the Orquestra do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, the Salomon Orchestra and the Chandos Symphony Orchestra, among others.  He has also conducted performances of The Nutcracker with the BBC Concert Orchestra.  His performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, France Musique, and throughout the UK as part of the Royal Opera House’s live screenings, as well as being released on DVD for the Opus Arte label.

Other recent projects include The Taming of the Shrew, Swan Lake and a Shakespeare Mixed Bill for Birmingham Royal Ballet, Eugene Onegin for The Royal Ballet, Giselle for Dutch National Ballet and concert programmes with the Worthing Philharmonic, the Trinity Orchestra, the Alumni Symphony Orchestra of the Bromley Youth Music Trust and with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Future engagements include The Nutcracker for The Royal Ballet, Scheherazade for Koninklijk Ballet Vlaanderen and further projects for Birmingham Royal Ballet including David Bintley’s acclaimed production of Cinderella.  He also makes his debut with the Maribor Opera and Ballet in Slovenia and returns to the Chandos Symphony Orchestra and Dutch National Ballet.

Dominic read music at the University of Cambridge and initially studied conducting with the late George Hurst, then subsequently at the Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of Colin Metters, Sir Colin Davis and Mark Shanahan.  He graduated with distinction and was awarded the prestigious DipRAM for outstanding final performances and the Fred Southall Memorial Prize.  He was a major prizewinner in the 2006 Alliance Cornhill Conducting Competition.

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