Patrick Flynn, conductor
British conductor Patrick Flynn is noted for his vast repertoire and enthusiastic responses from audiences around the world. He has been described by critic Jean Pierre Barricelli as "the complete conductor — the podium equivalent of a polymath." After his Covent Garden debut the London Daily Telegraph wrote: "Here is a conductor to treasure." His career has encompassed the entire spectrum of musical production including symphony, opera, theatre and film.
He has conducted for the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Paris Opera. World premieres include Roland Petit's Phantom de l'Opera in Paris, John William's Clarinet Concerto in California and Gareth Farr's Ruauamoko in New Zealand. In London, he conducted the Sherrill Milnes TV special "Salute to America" and the English National Ballet's historic ballet-in-the-round Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall. His recording of the score was selected by Fanfare magazine as one of the best new releases of 1996.
For the theatre, he has conducted for Joan Sutherland and Kiri Te Kanawa with the Australian Opera at the Sydney Opera House and at Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's request, he led the first concert performances of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Following a much-lauded New York debut, Flynn conducted for many prominent orchestras and festivals throughout the United States and Europe. A partial listing includes the Spoleto Festival, The Varna International Festival, the orchestras of Louisville, Memphis, San Diego, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, and the Manhattan and Florida Philharmonics. 2003-4 guest appearances included the gala season opening of Wisconsin's Madison Symphony with Pinkas Zukerman, performances with the Finnish National Opera, the Balanchine Festival in Amsterdam and an acclaimed debut with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, after which he was offered and accepted the post of Music Director. Since 2003, he has been a regular guest conductor for the Holland Symfonia and Symphony Silicon Valley.
Patrick Flynn celebrates his sixteenth season with California's Riverside County Philharmonic. His accessible style in outreach and programming has been the driving force behind that orchestra's 300% audience growth and has established him as a true Pied Piper for symphonic music in Southern California.
Beginning his career as a pianist, Flynn studied with Cyril Smith and Julius Katchen, winning Britain's Cassell Prize while still a student. He achieved his Licentiate of London's Royal Academy of Music in conducting and continued studies with Sir John Barbirolli. His first professional appointment was as a conductor for the Australian Opera in 1970.
Mr. Flynn is a U.S. resident and lives in West Hollywood.