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Dominic Grier

Dominic Grier is rapidly becoming acknowledged as a young conductor of exceptional talent, whose career already embraces 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, where his work included guest and cover conducting with The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, and an affiliation with the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. He is a frequent guest conductor with most of the UK's major ballet companies, and Principal Conductor of the London Academy Premiere Sinfonia.

He made his Royal Opera House conducting debut with Walton's Façade in October 2008 and his début with The Royal Ballet in Sir Kenneth Macmillan's Concerto in March 2010, recently released on DVD on the Opus Arte label. 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 included Siegfried (2007), Porgy and Bess (2008 and 2010) and Death in Venice (2009). He has also 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 also increasingly active as a teacher of conducting, and was Professor of Undergraduate Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music from 2009-11. He served as Music Director of his own Manfred Ensemble, a chamber orchestra specialising in historically-informed performances of 19th-century music, from 2000-2006.

Dominic read music at the University of Cambridge and went on to study conducting at the Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of Colin Metters, Sir Colin Davis, George Hurst and Mark Shanahan. He graduated with a DipRAM with distinction and was awarded the prestigious Fred Southall Memorial Prize for outstanding final performances.

Recent work has included performances with the BBC Concert Orchestra, 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 and the Salomon Orchestra. Future engagements include The Nutcracker, La Fille mal gardée and a mixed-bill programme for Birmingham Royal Ballet, a new version of Cinderella for Northern Ballet and Onegin for Koninklijk Ballet Vlaanderen and The Royal Ballet.
Dominic Grier

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