Principal Guest Conductor: Croatian National Theatre Ivan Zajc, Rijeka
Representation: General Management
Ville Matvejeff has already established himself as an exceptionally wide-ranging musician enjoying success as conductor, composer and pianist. He holds the positions of Chief Conductor of Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Artistic Director of the Turku Music Festival and Principal Guest Conductor: Croatian National Theatre Ivan Zajc, Rijeka. Recent orchestral debuts include the Duisburg Philharmonic, Estonian National Symphony, Lahti Symphony, Rijeka Opera and Sonderjylland Symphony Orchestras. No stranger to the opera circuit, this season includes The Magic Flute with the Turku Opera and Andrea Chénier and Eugene Onegin at the Croatian National Theatre Ivan Zajc, Rijeka.
Ville Matvejeff has already established himself as an exceptionally wide-ranging musician enjoying success as conductor, composer and pianist. He trained at the Sibelius Academy and Espoo Music Institute and has performed throughout Europe as well as the USA, China, Japan and Mexico.
In January 2014 he assumed the position of Chief Conductor of Jyväskylä Sinfonia and took his appointment as Artistic Director of the Turku Music Festival in September 2015. Alongside his regular work with the Croatian National Theatre Ivan Zajc, Rijeka, Matvejeff returns to the Duisburg Philharmonic this season and debuts with the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, conducting repertoire from Bach and Ravel to Britten and Ligeti. Past orchestral appearances include the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Finnish National Opera Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Oulu Sinfonia, the Tapiola Sinfonietta and Turku Philharmonic Orchestra with recent debuts including the Lahti Symphony, Rijeka Opera and Sonderjylland Symphony Orchestras. Matvejeff has developed a broad repertoire extending from the classical right through to the 20th century and contemporary; in 2016 Matvejeff led the Tampere Philharmonic for the Tampere Biennale 30th anniversary in an all-Finnish programme featuring two world premieres. A bass-baritone with solo performances on both concert and opera stages to his credit, he is equally conversant with choral repertoire.
Matvejeff is Founder of New Generation Opera; presenting ambitious and technologically innovative performances, the company appeared at the Helsinki Festival with its cutting edge production of Don Giovanni which received a nomination for the Classical:NEXT 2015 Innovation Award. He made his opera debut in September 2011 at Pori Opera with critically acclaimed performances of Purcell’s Fairy Queen and has since held positions at the Malmö Opera and the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm as well as working as assistant with conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen and Leif Segerstam. Matvejeff has conducted a diversity of opera repertoire ranging from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Aribert Reimann’s Lear to contemporary productions such as Kimmo Hakola’s Akseli with Jorma Hynninen in the title role, and Mikko Heiniö’s Eerik XIV. Recent highlights include The Magic Flute with the Turku Opera, Don Giovanni with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia and Andrea Chenier, Eugene Onegin, and Giulio Cesare at the Croatian National Theatre Ivan Zajc, Rijeka. In Rijeka this season, Matvejeff directs performances of Otello and Werther.
A musical polymath, Matvejeff is also a pianist and composer. He made his concert debut as pianist at the age of 18 with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under conductor Susanna Mälkki and has since toured the world in a duo recital partnership with soprano Karita Mattila. This season sees the duo embark on a recital tour including the Vienna State Opera and return visits to London’s Wigmore Hall and the Zürich Opera amongst others. As a composer, Matvejeff has recently received commissions from the Finnish Chamber Orchestra and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, for whom he wrote his Violin Concerto to celebrate the inauguration of the Helsinki Music Centre in September 2011. His passion for the human voice has led him to write a substantial amount of choral music, whereas his orchestral works Ad Astra and Cello Concerto Crossroads were recently released on the Alba label.