In 2004 he gave the second performance (and made the first recording) of René Leibowitz’s Concertino with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, broadcast by NHK. Barrie Webb enjoys a parallel career as an orchestral conductor, directing a variety of classical and contemporary repertoire, including televised concerts in Romania and Moldova, premieres of Walton and Britten in Taiwan, a conducting residency in Melbourne, and regular concerts with the University of Huddersfield Symphony Orchestra. He has also directed contemporary ensembles in the UK, Europe and Australia. He has recorded for the BBC and on CD for MPS, Metier, BML (UK), Ricordi and Vienna Modern Masters.
Barrie Webb is Professor of Music at the University of Huddersfield, where he teaches conducting and composition and directs the University’s performance programme. His teaching and performing residencies include the Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, (1984–1994) the Dartington International Summer School (1983–2002), the 2003 Akiyoshidai Contemporary Music Seminar and Festival, Japan, and several in Australia from 1988 to the present day. Since 2000 he has made numerous concert and educational appearances in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China and Australia. In 2007 he will guest edit an issue of Contemporary Music Review on the subject of contemporary performance.
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