Maestro Matthew Rowe is the first Music Director of Dutch National Ballet who is also Chief Conductor of the Dutch Ballet Orchestra. Historically these have been separate appointments but Rowe’s dual appointment two years ago has ensured that partnership between the two organisations has both strengthened and deepened. Rowe’s clear understanding of the needs of both organisations has led to significant changes. He has overseen a stronger and more vibrant artistic collaboration between musicians and dancers, coupled with a notable improvement in the artistic level of the orchestra. He has also facilitated a greatly improved partnership between the management and administration of both companies.
This is a moment to review some recent highlights of Rowe’s work at Dutch National Ballet and to bring to your attention some video clips where you can experience the “modest maestro” at work.
Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake
The video of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake has been made recently. Rowe has just completed an extended series of performances of the famous Rudi van Dantzig production from 1988. This sold out production has received great acclaim in the press.
We can only affirm the comments of the critics and experts. With intimate knowledge of score and choreography, Rowe focusses intently on the dancers and ensures that the choreography is perfectly coordinated with the music whilst simultaneously revealing wonderful details in Tchaikovsky’s score.
Ballets of Christopher Wheeldon
In December 2014 Matthew Rowe conducted 18 performances of Prokofiev’s masterpiece Cinderella; the ballet for which choreographer Christopher Wheeldon received the prestigious Benois de la Danse Prize in 2013. For the forthcoming Holland Festival production “Cool Britannia”, Matthew Rowe will conduct new choreographies by both Christopher Wheeldon and David Dawson, alongside the award- winning ballet Chroma by Wayne McGregor. Matthew Rowe will lead all 7 performances: 17 – 27 June 2015.
Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps and Firebird
In 2013 Matthew Rowe conducted two contrasting choreographies on Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps. The first was “Dream Play”, an abstract version of the masterpiece made by Johan Inger for Nederlands Dans Theater while the second was a world premiere specially created for Dutch National Ballet by Shen Wei to mark the centenary of Stravinsky’s Sacre.
“Beautifully performed by the orchestra” commented the Dutch press after the premiere of Wei’s creation at the Holland Festival 2013.
Meanwhile, in the spring of 2014, Dutch National Ballet presented the program “Fairytales”, which included Sir Frederick Ashton’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Alexei Ratmansky’s new version of Firebird (a co-production with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre).
“Matthew Rowe skilfully guides his orchestra through the piece in an upbeat tempo”
Matthew Rowe’s website: www.matthewrowe.me
Matthew Rowe is represented by Leontien van der Vliet at Interartists Amsterdam