TAMPERE, Finland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–“I am moved and very happy to accept this position. I look forward to our many promising collaborations over the coming seasons. Minutes into our first rehearsal, I was captivated by the orchestra’s incredible musicality, inspiring work ethic, energy and willingness to explore. It will be a great honor for me to conduct the orchestra and to participate in the vibrant cultural life of Tampere,” says Matthew.
After making his debut there earlier this year, Matthew will return to Tampere next month to conduct Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7. The British conductor will also continue his longstanding partnerships with the Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra this season, and will make his debut with the Orchester de Chambre de Paris.
Matthew is a regular guest conductor with the Cleveland Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Highlights of recent seasons include Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony in Toronto, the American premiere of James MacMillan’s Symphony No. 4 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
“The Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to embark on this adventure with Matthew Halls. The latter is an incredibly versatile and exciting conductor and musician. He will be our 12th conductor and the third of non-Finnish origin in this position. I am confident that Matthew and our musicians will provide our audience with an unforgettable musical experience,” says Eija Oravuo, General Manager of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra.
Having a strong background in period performance, Matthew was among the first to be invited to conduct Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s Concentus Musicus Wien. His discography includes Bach’s Harpsichord Concertos, the first recording of Handel’s Parnasso in Festa, and Bach’s Easter and Ascension Oratorios.
Composed of 97 musicians, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the largest symphony orchestras in Scandinavia. Founded in 1930 and financed since 1947 by the city of Tampere, the orchestra has its permanent headquarters in Tampere Hall, the largest congress and concert center in the Nordic countries. tamperefilharmonia.fi/en
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