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Douglas Bostock (Conductor)

Born: 1955 - Cheshire, England

The English conductor, Douglas Bostock, was educated at Sheffield University and in London with Sir Adrian Boult. Bostock names his mentors as Sir Charles Groves, James Loughran and Bryden Thomson who was also his friend and teacher. He was one of the last private pupils of Adrian Boult during his final years. In addition to teaching technique Adrian Boult was a wonderful source of first hand information about music by Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Edward Elgar - the British composers. He also studied with Francis Travis in Freiburg.

As Musikdirektor in Konstanz, Germany from 1979, Douglas Bostock worked extensively as regular guest conductor with the Southwest German Philharmonic Orchestra. His reputation grew rapidly and led to numerous guest engagements with prominent orchestras in Europe, America and Asia. He has collaborated with almost 100 orchestras and choruses on three continents. Among them are widely acclaimed appearances with the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic London, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera Orchestra (Great Britain); Odense Symphony Orchestra (Denmark); Prague Symphony, Czech Radio Symphony, Brno Philharmonic, and Virtuosi di Praga (Czech Republic); United Philharmonic Vienna (Austria); München Symphony, Philharmonic Orchestras in Halle, Erfurt and Jena, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra (Germany); Winterthur City Orchestra (Switzerland); Camerata Polifonica Siciliana (Italy); Kansas City Symphony, National Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Festival Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra (USA); Mexico State Symphony Orchestra (Mexico); Tokyo City Philharmonic, Kanagawa Philharmonic, Gunma Symphony, Tokyo Kosei and Gei-Dai Orchestras (Japan), to mention but a few.

From 1991 to 1998 Douglas Bostock was Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra, one of the leading orchestras in the Czech Republic. Under his leadership the orchestra reached new artistic heights and achieved outstanding success, winning recognition both at home and abroad. He is now the Permanent Guest Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra and has been Principal Guest Conductor of the internationally renowned Czech Chamber Philharmonic (Chamber Philharmonic of Bohemia) since 1992. He maintains a keen interest in music for symphonic wind orchestra and ensemble. In 1999 he embarked on a collaboration with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra, performing with them regularly as a guest conductor. Since 2000 he has been Principal Conductor of the world famous Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. From the beginning of the 2001-2002 season he has been Principal Conductor of the Aargau Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland.

Douglas Bostock’s broad repertoire covers a wide spectrum of genres and styles. His conducting is marked by the care and integrity with which he approaches each score, and by the temperament and enthusiasm with which he communicates to both musicians and audiences alike. He is considered as one of the outstanding British conductors of his generation. He enjoys working with young musicians and is ivolved both in teaching and conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Gei-Dai University Music Faculty in Tokyo and the Royal Aarhus Academy of Music in Denmark.

Douglas Bostock has recorded numerous CD's with orchestras in Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Italy and Germany, covering music from the Baroque to the present day. He appears frequently at international music festivals in many countries, and has broadcast both for radio and television. All these activities document his versatile musical personality He is involved in recording a highly acclaimed series of CDs of 20th century British music with the Munich Symphony Orchestra. He is involved in a major ongoing recording project with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, including the complete Nielsen symphonies, A major recording project with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, including the complete Nielsen symphonies, has been enthusiastically received in the press.

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Source: Liner notes to the CD ‘J.S. Bach: St. Luke Passion’ conducted by Douglas Bostock (Classico, 2000); Hazard Chase Website; Douglas Bostock's Website (April 2004)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2001, October 2004)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Douglas Bostock


BWV 246

Links to other Sites

Douglas Bostock's Website
Douglas Bostock (Hazard Chase)
The British Symphonic Collection from Classico

Der Dirigent Douglas Bostock (Feuilleton, NZZ) [German]
Profile: Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchesta
SBU : Dirigenten [German]

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