‘And on a night when design and music could make as much claim on the audience as choreography, a word for the orchestra’s crisp, resonant sound under the guest conductor Paul Mann.’
New York Times, review of a performance with the New York City Ballet
‘Conductor Paul Mann provided consistently cohesive support, leaving the spotlight to the piano. Mann really shone in Don Juan and made the most of the music’s calculated extremes as it swung from exciting at full blast to lush and seductive in quieter, more expressive passages.’
Irish Examiner, review of a performance with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
British conductor Paul Mann is a regular guest with many major orchestras throughout Europe, the US, Australia, and the Far East, and is currently Principal Guest Conductor in Lviv National Philharmonic. Orchestras with which he has worked include the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Nuremberg Symphony, Lahti Symphony, Ukrainian Festival Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, RAI Torino, Orchestra dell’Arena di Verona, Flemish Radio, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Orchestre de Bretagne; the BBC Orchestras, City of Birmingham Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, Britten Sinfonia, Orquesta Ciudad de Barcelona, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao, among many others.
Mr Mann has guest-conducted extensively in the USA and is a regular guest with the New York City Ballet, both at their Lincoln Center home, and on tour in Washington and Los Angeles. He regularly visits Australia, guest conducting with the Melbourne Symphony, Queensland Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony, West Australian Symphony, and Adelaide Symphony orchestras, as well as the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand, and with the Malaysian Philharmonic.
He first came to international attention as first prize winner in the 1998 Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, as a result of which he was also appointed assistant conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. He made his LSO debut shortly afterwards; projects with the LSO included the Duke Ellington Centenary Concert at the Barbican Hall with Wynton Marsalis, and a collaboration with the legendary rock group Deep Purple in two widely acclaimed performances of Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, the live DVD and CD of which remain international bestsellers. The subsequent tour of the project saw forty concerts throughout Europe, South America, Mexico, and Japan. He also made the first-ever studio recording of Jon Lord’s Concerto, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, in collaboration with the late composer and a star-studded cast of soloists. His long association with Jon Lord and his music culminated in a spectacular concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 2014, in memory of the composer, who died in 2012.
Paul Mann was chief conductor of the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark until 2008, where he achieved considerable critical acclaim, and where he began a distinguished career in the recording studio, making numerous recordings of a wide range of repertoire, for such labels as Bridge, Warner Classics, Da Capo, and EMI. His discography for Toccata Classics now encompasses almost twenty critically acclaimed discs, all of rare and previously unrecorded repertoire, much of which is performed in his own newly-prepared editions.
September 2020. Not to be altered without permission