He is renowned for his historically informed interpretations of music of all periods, his wide repertoire and his interest in contemporary music. He has a great passion for incorporating period style within the traditional orchestral world and creating unusual and dynamic programs. For 11 years (2010‑2021) he was Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival in California and now Principal Guest Conductor of Capella Aquileia in Germany and Director of Historical Performance (Société Générale Historically Informed Practice Programme) at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid.
Paul Goodwins's conducting has taken him from the BBC Symphony and Royal Scottish National Orchestras in the UK to the San Francisco and Philadelphia Orchestras in the US; he also worked with Belgian National Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
In opera, his successes have included Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Royal Danish Opera, Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride at the Komische Oper Berlin, Benjamin Britten’s Rape of Lucretia at the Teatro Real Madrid and George Frederic Handel’s oratorio Jephta at the Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera.
For 11 years (1996‑2007) he was the Associate Conductor of the Academy of Ancient Music with whom he toured extensively, his recordings nominated for Grammy and Gramophone awards. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra for 6 years, working with Kiri Te Kanawa, Joshua Bell, Maria João Pires and Mstislav Rostropovich.
His many recordings have a strong following on Spotify with his most popular track, Sospiri, Op. 70 by Edward Elgar listened to more than 10 million times. There are 23 of his albums available at: open.spotify.com/artist.
In 2007, he was awarded the Handel Honorary Prize of the City of Halle (Saale) in recognition of his extraordinary services to Handel performance.
In 2021, a Music Fellowship was created in his honour at the California State University Monterey Bay, USA.
In 2022, he was presented with an Honorary Plaque by Queen Sofia of Spain for his work in historical performance practice.