Born in London in 1969, Matthew Rowe has been appointed in Amsterdam as the Music Director of the Dutch National Ballet. At the same time he has taken up his position as principal conductor of The Ballet Orchestra. His ‘pas de deux’ started in 2013 and been extended with a second term until July 2020.
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Rowe’s passionate conducting style brings the right energy into the hall and everyone – orchestra musicians and audience – starts sitting on the edge of their seat, because it’s so wonderful to experience how this source of energy is transformed into movement by the dancers on stage.
As a musician he strives to show the diverse and exquisite color palette of The Ballet Orchestra, as well as the flexibility how it responds to the enormous diversity in music choices of today’s choreographers.
An international press praised him for his contribution to the recent homage to the 85-year old choreographer Hans van Manen Ode to the Master, where he conducted Prokofieff’s violin concerto – with Liza Ferschtman as a soloist – as well as Louis Andriessen’s Symphonies of the Netherlands. A highlight was the world premiere of Ted Brandsen’s choreography Mata Hari; a large scale production with the renowned British composer Tarik O’Regan. Matthew Rowe assisted in the composition process and he monitored the production of the comprehensive score. After the Dutch premiere of Shostakovich Trilogy by Alexander Ratmansky, performed at the Holland Festival 2017, the Noordhollands Dagblad commented that Rowe and his orchestra are in “top form”.
Furthermore Matthew Rowe conducts the great ballet repertoire: Cinderella, Swann Lake, Nutcracker, Romeo and Julia, Don Quichot, etc.
Apart from the Dutch National Ballet, Rowe is a frequent guest with other great ballet institutions such as Netherlands Dance Theatre, The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Polish National Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet among many others.
In the operatic field Matthew Rowe’s engagements have included Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Marriage of Figaro, Bizet’s Carmen, Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins and Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann and several world premieres. He has demonstrated an exceptional ability to handle the demanding requirements of live orchestral accompaniments to silent movies, including performances of Chaplin’s City Lights, Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin and D.W. Griffith’s epic The Birth of a Nation.
Matthew Rowe loves the dialogue, that can be evoked when making music, with the dancers and certainly with his audience. He loves to work with young talents and recent projects are performances of Strawinsky’s Sacre du Printemps with the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Amsterdam and Bernstein’s West Side Story for the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Matthew Rowe is represented by Interartists Amsterdam