William Boughton to serve as interim conductor of Yale Symphony Orchestra

William Boughton
William Boughton (Photo credit: Harold Shapiro)

William Boughton, music director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO), will be the interim conductor of the Yale Symphony Orchestra (YSO) for the 2018-2109 academic year. He is filling in for YSO conductor Toshiyuki Shimada, who will be on leave during that time.

In addition to being the 10th music director of the NHSO, Boughton has been a guest conductor for many noted orchestras, including the London Symphony, Philharmonia, and the Royal Philharmonic. He began his musical studies as a cellist at the Guildhall School of Music and Prague Academy. After studying under George Hurst and Sir Colin Davis, he formed an orchestra of his own, the English String Orchestra (ESO), making a name for himself as a maestro.

Nimbus Records signed the ESO, and the orchestra climbed to the Top Ten of the U.S. Billboard chart for several of its recordings. While conducting the ESO, he also was artistic and music director of the Jyvaskyla Sinfonia in Finland.

Coventry University awarded Boughton an honorary doctorate in 1993 based upon his knowledge in British music. In 2011 and 2014, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) granted him awards for adventurous programming.

Boughton has created a cello studio in one of New Haven’s poorest neighborhoods and built the NHSO’s education department in service to city students. He has been a teacher for state and regional youth orchestras. He teaches score recording at the Yale School of Music. In May 2016 he visited Central China University to conduct master classes and conducted the Hubei Symphony. He regularly records for both the Nimbus and Lyrita labels and guest conducts throughout the United States.  


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