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. The 2016-17 season marks his fourth as Artistic Director of the Oregon Bach Festival.
Mr Halls is regularly welcomed to orchestras across Europe. This season sees his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony and the NDR Radiophilharmonie, whilst he returns once again to the Iceland Symphony. He has led performances with orchestras such as the Bergen Philharmonic, Concentus Musicus Wien, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Royal Scottish National, and the Tonkünstler Orchestra NÖ. He makes regular appearances in Austria and on tour with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, and led them on a tour of the United States in November 2016.
Increasingly in demand by North American symphony orchestras, Mr Halls has received invitations including the Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. This season sees his New York debut at the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and first performances with the Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Dallas Symphony Orchestras. Further afield, Halls has featured in Russia with Musica Viva Moscow. With a re-invitation from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Mr Halls spends a period in Australia again in 2017, also conducting the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
In the opera house, Matthew 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.
Matthew Halls’ discography includes acclaimed CDs of Handel, Bach, and Purcell.