Matthew Halls

Matthew Halls

Artistic Director: Oregon Bach Festival
Representation: General Management


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.


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.

Artistic Director of the Oregon Bach Festival since 2013, he has led performances of repertoire ranging from Monteverdi’s Vespers to Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. Halls opened the 2016 festival with one of Bach’s most celebrated works, the Mass in B minor, performed for the first time in the festival’s history on period instruments. Alongside works by Schubert, Brahms and Mendelssohn, the season also saw Halls conduct the world premiere of Sir James MacMillan’s A European Requiem.

Halls is regularly welcomed to orchestras across Europe. This season sees him debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony and the NDR Radiophilharmonie, whilst he returns once again to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Halls has led performances with the Bergen Philharmonic, Concentus Musicus Wien, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Royal Scottish National, RTE National Symphony, and the Tonkünstler Orchestra NÖ. He makes regular appearances in Austria and on tour with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra with whom he made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2015, and in November 2016 he leads them on a tour of the US.

Increasingly in demand by North American orchestras Halls has received invitations from the Cleveland Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Seattle and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. North American appearances this season include his New York debut at the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival in a performance with Joshua Bell; he debuts with the Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, and returns to Cleveland, Indianapolis and Calgary. Further afield, Halls has featured in Australia with the Adelaide, Melbourne and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, in Russia with Musica Viva Moscow and last season with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. With a re-invitation from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Halls spends a period in Australia again in 2017, also conducting the Auckland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.

In the opera house, Halls has worked with companies such as 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. Spring 2014 saw him lead Handel’s Ariodante at the Aalto-Musiktheater Essen, resulting in a re-invitation to conduct performances of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in the 2015/16 season.

Halls is represented on disc with Handel’s Parnasso in Festa, winner of the Stanley Sadie Handel Recording Prize, released by Hyperion.  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. Committed to education and working with young musicians, he has taught regularly at summer schools and courses.

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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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Matthew Halls in Vienna

September 30th, 2016

Matthew Halls debuts with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra for season opening concerts.

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Discography & Repertoire


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

CARUS (2011)


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



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


Artist Manager

Roderick Thomson (London)
020 7636 5451

Assistant Artist Manager

Alice Boulton (London)
020 7636 5450