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Matthias Bamert

Having started his distinguished career at The Cleveland Orchestra, where he was Resident Conductor alongside the then Music Director, Lorin Maazel, Matthias Bamert has served as Music Director of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and Swiss Radio Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and Associate Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Music Director of the London Mozart Players for seven years, he brought the orchestra to the BBC Proms, Lucerne Festival, and Vienna in 1999, its fiftieth anniversary year, and to Japan, once more, in 2000. In the UK, he has worked frequently with the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and BBC Philharmonic, appearing regularly at the BBC Proms. Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and, from 1985 to 1990, Director of the Glasgow contemporary music festival Musica Nova, he became renowned for his innovative programming, conducting the world premiere of works by the likes of Toru Takemitsu, John Casken, James MacMillan, and Wolfgang Rihm. Elsewhere, he has appeared with prominent orchestras in the US, Canada, Russia, Australia, and Japan. During his acclaimed tenure as Director of the Lucerne Festival, from 1992 to 1998, he was also responsible for the opening of the KKL Concert Hall, instituted new Easter and Piano festivals, expanded the programme, and increased the Festival’s activities several times over. During the 2015 / 2016 season he makes appearances with orchestras in Israel, Japan, South Korea, and the US, among others. Matthias Bamert has amassed a discography of more than eighty discs, including, for Chandos, twenty-four CDs of works by ‘Contemporaries of Mozart’, as well as recordings of works by Sir Hubert Parry, Frank Martin, Roberto Gerhard, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Ernst von Dohnányi, and a number of Dutch composers.

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