Matthew Halls

Matthew Halls

CONDUCTOR

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Photo: Jon Christopher Meyers © Oregon Bach Festival

Overview

Halls is best known for his dynamic and intelligent work with major symphony orchestras and opera companies, and for his probing and vibrant interpretations of music of all periods.

As Artistic Director of the Oregon Bach Festival he has led performances ranging from Monteverdi Vespers to Mahler’s Symphony no.2. Orchestra appearances include Berlin Konzerthausorchester, Cleveland Orchestra, Concentus Musicus Wien, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Houston Symphony, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony and Washington National Symphony.

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Full Biography

The word “versatile” is often applied to musicians; in the case of the British conductor Matthew Halls, it is particularly well deserved. With his probing and vibrant interpretations of music of all periods, he is known for his dynamic and intelligent work with major symphony orchestras, choirs and opera companies.

Halls is regularly welcomed to orchestras across Europe. Following his recent debut performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony and the NDR Radiophilharmonie, this season sees him debut with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Warsaw Philharmonic. He continues to conduct a cycle of Beethoven piano concerti with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Paul Lewis, and returns once again to the Salzburg Mozarteumorchester to conduct Haydn’s Die Schöpfung. Halls has previously led performances with Concentus Musicus Wien, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Royal Scottish National and the Tonkünstler Orchestra NÖ.

Increasingly in demand by North American orchestras Halls has received invitations from the Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and the Seattle and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. Artistic Director of the Oregon Bach Festival for four years, Halls is equally at home conducting baroque and contemporary repertoire; the 2016 festival saw him conduct Bach’s Mass in B minor, performed for the first time in the festival’s history on period instruments, as well as the world premiere of Sir James MacMillan’s A European Requiem. His North American appearances this season include a debut with the Saint Louis Orchestra and return visits to the Houston, Indianapolis and Toronto Symphonies. Further afield, Halls has appeared in Australia with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras; in Russia with Musica Viva Moscow; and with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

In the opera house, Halls has worked with companies including the Bayerische Staatsoper, Central City Opera Colorado, Handelfestspiele Halle, Salzburg Landestheater and the Netherlands Opera in repertoire such as Britten’s Peter Grimes and Bellini’s Norma. At the Aalto-Musiktheater Essen Halls has led performances of Handel’s Ariodante and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

Halls is represented on disc with Handel’s Parnasso in Festa, winner of the Stanley Sadie Handel Recording Prize, released on the Hyperion label.  His recordings on Linn Records are highlighted by a set of four Bach Harpsichord Concertos conducted from the keyboard, and award-winning discs of Purcell’s Sonatas in Three and Four Parts.

Matthew Halls was educated at Oxford University and subsequently taught at the university for five years. Noted for his commitment to education he led the launch of Oregon’s Berwick Academy in 2015 and regularly teaches at courses and summer schools.

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News

Matthew Halls and the Oregon Bach Festival

July 12th, 2017

Halls closes the 2017 festival with Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis

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Eastertide

March 16th, 2017

Hazard Chase artists celebrate the culmination of the religious calendar

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Matthew Halls returns to Iceland

March 1st, 2017

Halls begins cycle of Beethoven Piano Concerti with Paul Lewis

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Halls, MacMillan and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

January 19th, 2017

Halls returns to the Scottish composer for Pittsburgh debut

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Matthew Halls in the US

November 23rd, 2016

Halls on tour with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg

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Discography & Repertoire

Alessandro Grandi – VESPRO DELLA BEATA VERGINE

With Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart and Bach Collegium Stuttgart conducted by Matthew Halls

CARUS (2011)

EASTER & ASCENSION ORATORIOS

J.S. Bach Easter Oratorio and Ascension Oratorio featuring James Gilchrist (tenor), Carolyn Sampson (soprano) and Iestyn Davies (counter tenor) with Retrospect Ensemble conducted by Matthew Halls

LINN RECORDS (2011)

GOLDBERG VARIATIONS

J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations, Sarabanda con  Partite and Aria Variata with Matthew Halls (harpsichord)

LINN RECORDS (2010)

Artist Manager

Roderick Thomson (London)
roderick.thomson@hazardchase.co.uk
020 7636 5451

Imogen Morris (London)
imogen.morris@hazardchase.co.uk
020 7636 5448

Assistant Artist Manager

Ed Williams (London)
ed.williams@hazardchase.co.uk
020 7636 5450