MATTHEW WOOD - CONDUCTOR
Equally at home on the concert platform or in
the orchestra pit, Matthew Wood is one of Australia’s most versatile and
successful conductors who now shares his time between Australia and the United
Kingdom working regularly with some of the worlds finest orchestras, companies
In the United Kingdom Matthew has worked with
many leading orchestras including the Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool
Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and at the Royal Ballet Covent Garden.
He held the position of Associate Conductor with the Bournemouth
Symphony Orchestra for three years and in 2016 Matthew will make his
debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Matthew has also made numerous appearances
outside the UK, being a regular guest conductor with the RTE National Symphony
Orchestra of Ireland, the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Chile, Orquesta Clasica
Santa Cecilia Madrid and the Brasov Philharmonic Romania. In 2016 Matthew will
make his Swedish debut with performances of Philip Glass’ Satyagraha with Folkoperan
Most recently Matthew returned to Australia to
take up the position of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Darwin
Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted many of Australia’s other leading
ensembles including the Melbourne, Tasmanian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras.
Matthew is a keen advocate of new music,
regularly commissioning new works, including recent commissions/performances of
Ross Edwards, Iain Grandage, Lachlan Skipworth, Matthew Hindson and Elena Kats-Chernin and is regularly
engaged by new music ensembles such as Halcyon.
He is also in demand as a conducting teacher
and is a regular guest lecturer and conductor at the Royal Northern College of
Music where Matthew held the coveted position of Conducting Fellow. During this
time he was selected to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra, as part of their
conductor discovery series, and received tuition from conductors Sir Mark Elder
and Sir Colin Davis.
Matthew completed his undergraduate music
studies, graduating with first class honours at the University of New South
Wales, majoring in composition. He then undertook postgraduate conducting
studies at the Sydney Conservatorium before concentrating his studies under
renowned conductor pedagogue Jorma Panula.