Born in Lancaster in 1975, Doyle was a choirboy at Westminster Cathedral in London and later Choral Scholar at the renowned King's College, Cambridge. His international breakthrough as a conductor came in 2006 with a second prize at the prestigious Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition in Barcelona and a scholarship with the BBC Singers, which marked the beginning of a steady collaboration.
Doyle's work as Principal Conductor of the RIAS Chamber Choir began early in the 2017-18 season with Monteverdi's Marian Vespers in the Pierre Boulez Hall, which he brought to another performance in their joint Japan debut. Since then, Doyle has established a series of major commissioned works that the ensemble premieres each season. In addition, together with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, he regularly focuses on works by Handel, continually expands the choir's polyphonic repertoire and leads the singers in concerts with works such as Heinrich Biber's monumental Missa Salisburgenis or a personal compilation of folk songs from around the world. Doyle's first two CD recordings with the RIAS Kammerchor, Britten's Hymn to Cecilia and Haydn's Missa Cellensis, were acclaimed with great enthusiasm by audiences and critics alike.
Further engagements in the 2020-21 season will take Doyle to orchestras such as the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the MDR Rundfunkchor, the Swedish Radio Choir, the Coro Sinfônico do Estado de São Paulo and the BBC Singers. He has also worked regularly with orchestras such as the Orchestra of Opera North, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra.
Justin Doyle is also much in demand as an opera conductor, particularly in works by Mozart, Haydn and Britten, with productions in past seasons at Opera North, the Buxton Festival as well as the Garsington Opera Festival. Last but not least, Justin Doyle is passionate about music of other cultures and music education. Since 2018, he has been a Visiting Professor in the Choral Conducting programme at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin. He is also Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Finnish Sibelius Academy.
The RIAS Chamber Choir Berlin
is one of the world's leading professional choirs. Numerous awards document its international reputation, including the German Record Critics' Prize, ECHO Klassik, Gramophone Award, Choc de l'année, Prix Caecilia and the "Nachtigall" honorary prize awarded by the jury of the German Record Critics' Prize.
34 professionally trained singers make up the multinational orchestra. The RIAS Kammerchor Berlin is renowned for its precise sound. The repertoire ranges from historically informed Renaissance or Baroque interpretations to new interpretations of works from the Classical and Romantic periods and regular world premieres.
Justin Doyle has been Principal Conductor and Artistic Director since the 2017-18 season. In autumn 2018, he made his debut in Japan with the RIAS Kammerchor. Three recordings with him and his choir have since been released - Britten's Hymn to Cecilia, Haydn's Missa Cellensis and Handel's Messiah - to rave reviews from audiences and critics. A recording of both of Brahms' love song cycles will follow in spring 2022. As part of the RIAS Kammerchor Studio, four academy students will also become part of the choir each season.
With up to 50 concerts per season on stages throughout Germany and the world, the RIAS Kammerchor is one of the most important touring choirs in the country. In its home city, it presents ten Berlin concerts, including the renowned New Year's Concert, the Forum Concerts in cooperation with the Verein der Freunde und Förderer (Association of Friends and Sponsors), in which unusual venues become concert stages, as well as joint programmes with sister ensembles such as the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin or the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Every two years, together with the German Music Council, it organises the final concert of the German Choral Conductors' Prize, which comes at the end of a support programme lasting several years. In addition, the RIAS Kammerchor maintains school choir sponsorships with Berlin high schools as part of its education programme.
Leading artists such as Günther Arndt, Uwe Gronostay, Marcus Creed, Daniel Reuss and Hans-Christoph Rademann have shaped the choir since its founding in 1948 as a radio ensemble in the American sector. Regular collaborations exist with important ensembles such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Freiburger Barockorchester as well as conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, René Jacobs, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Iván Fischer and Rinaldo Alessandrini.
The RIAS Kammerchor Berlin is an ensemble of the Rundfunk Orchester und Chöre gGmbH Berlin (ROC). Its shareholders are Deutschlandradio, the Federal Republic of Germany, the State of Berlin and the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg.