Profile: Matthew Rowe


Matthew Rowe’s conducting career encompasses film scores, classical, ballet, opera, light music, and diverse education projects. His precise technique and meticulous preparation help him achieve a distinctive orchestral sound, making him much in demand for both live performances and recordings.

He has appeared with all the BBC orchestras as well as the London Mozart Players, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and a number of Scandinavian orchestras. He has a particularly close relationship with Denmark, and visits often for concerts, recordings and touring projects.

Matthew Rowe returns to the Dutch National Ballet twice in 2008, conducting a triple bill and Don Giovanni. He has built a close relationship with this company and its orchestra since his very successful debut tour of Ashton’s Cinderella in 2004. He has recently made his debut with Birmingham Royal Ballet conducting Swan Lake, and this autumn he makes his debut with the Royal Danish Ballet in performances of Onegin.

Born in London, Matthew Rowe has studied conducting at home and abroad, and has participated in conducting masterclasses with Peter Eötvös and Ton Koopman, among others. He has won prizes at a number of international conducting competitions including the 1999 Leeds Conductors Competition.

Matthew Rowe is deeply committed to education and outreach work. He enjoys coaxing the very best from all ages and abilities and his adaptability and enthusiasm are much in demand. Projects range from live web-concerts to specially commissioned works and pieces for bicycles, kazoos and balloons performed on the beach at the Aldeburgh Fringe!

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