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Matthew Rowe, Adjudicator - Messiah Sing-Along Soloists' Competition
Matthew Rowe excels in repertoire as varied as classical, contemporary, ballet, opera, film scores and diverse education projects. The hallmarks of his style are a precise technique and meticulous preparation with which he achieves a distinctive orchestral sound, making him much in demand.Currently Director of Orchestral Studies and Professor of Conducting at San Diego State University in California, Rowe has worked with a host of ensembles worldwide.Engagements have included appearances with all the BBC orchestras as well as multiple projects with both the Holland Symfonia in the Netherlands and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Sweden. Further orchestras include the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Malmö Opera Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. Denmark in particular has been prominent, with regular visits to the Danish National Radio Concert Orchestra, the Aarhus, Aalborg, Tivoli, Sjælland, Sønderjylland and Odense Symphony Orchestras for concerts, recordings and touring projects.Matthew Rowe’s recent ballet collaborations have included Nijinsky (world premiere), Don Giovanni, a tour of Ashton’s Cinderella and a Triple Bill – all for Dutch National Ballet; Onegin with the Royal Danish Ballet and a tour of a Triple Bill with Nederlands Dans Teater. He has conducted Swan Lake with the Royal Ballet and collaborated with renowned choreographers Angelin Preljocaj (Le Sacre du Printemps) and Rui Horta (Shaker Loops). He has also conducted Swan Lake for the famed Adventures in Motion Pictures production and for English National Ballet. Other ballet productions include Giselle for the Royal Swedish Ballet, the premiere of a new ballet for Irek Mukhamedov and the ARC Dance Company and a French programme also for the Royal Ballet. Opera productions include Bizet’s Carmen, Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins and a tour of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffman with the Danish National Opera.

Matthew Rowe has demonstrated an exceptional ability to handle the demanding requirements of performances of classic movies with live music. Performances have included Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights, Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin as well as the epic The Birth of a Nation.

Matthew Rowe’s first prominent music directorship was for the Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. Under his leadership they built up a reputation for tackling demanding repertoire to a very high standard. Highlights included the Delius Mass of Life, Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie and the first UK performance of the complete Mahler Das Klagende Lied. From 2003 to 2008 he was associate Chorus Director of the London Philharmonic Choir during which time he prepared choral works for conductors such as Kurt Mazur, Esa Pekka Salonen, Pierre Boulez, Kent Nagano, Sir Mark Elder and Sir John Eliot Gardiner. He took up his current position in San Diego in 2009.

Matthew Rowe is deeply committed to education and outreach work and his adaptability and enthusiasm are much sought after. In this sphere he has worked with the BBC Scottish, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and English National Opera. Projects have ranged from live web-broadcasts and family concerts to specially commissioned works and even pieces for bicycles, kazoos and balloons performed on the beach at the Aldeburgh Fringe Festival! Recent collaborations have included the San Diego Unified Honor Orchestra, Stringfest for the Sweetwater School District and several projects with Young Audiences of San Diego.

Photo credit: Pia Ruggles


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