Newsletter March 2016

Matthew Rowe is completely in his element in Amsterdam as Music Director of Dutch National Ballet and Chief Conductor of The Dutch Ballet Orchestra. Since his appointment in 2012 there hasn’t been a day where his versatile talents and abilities weren’t brought into play. Under his leadership the Dutch Ballet Orchestra is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a season of special ballet productions, exciting concerts and ground breaking education projects. For the coming seasons Rowe has defined new challenges for the orchestra:  “The focus will remain the optimum synergy between music and movement, but we will also invest in new opportunities for performances for the orchestra outside the pit.  It is vital that we create a truly modern orchestra, an orchestra for the 21st century, one that can adapt to the demands of today’s choreographers and their eclectic music choices.  We will also seek new partnerships with dance companies across the Netherlands and beyond.”

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Hans van Manen

The Dutch National Ballet’s season opened in September 2015 with its premiere of van Manen’s  Two Gold Variations. This striking ballet has not been seen in the Netherlands since its world premiere in 1999 with Nederlands Dans Theater. For this creation van Manen was inspired by the Goldrush Concerto of Jacob Ter Veldhuis – music that he says “swings like hell … with wild rhythmic passages.” Jacob Ter Veldhuis was present at the premiere and thanked Matthew Rowe for his great achievement. He said that the Ballet Orchestra has a beautiful sound, and added that it is rare to find a conductor and orchestra so well prepared and able to perform the score so brilliantly.

Matthew Rowe will lead more performances: 12,13 and 18,19 April 2016


A new score for Mata Hari 

In February 2016, The Dutch National Ballet presented the world premiere of Mata Hari with choreography by Ted Brandsen and a new score by the acclaimed composer Tarik O’Regan. Before the premiere O’Regan commented: “It is incredible how quickly Matthew brought everything together. It was the first time that the dancers heard the true colours of the music, and it was superb how quickly the orchestra responded to his gestures, giving the dancers exactly what they needed.” All 12 performances were sold out and the production is set to return in the near future.



In April and October 2016 Matthew Rowe will conduct The Tempest at the Wielki Theatre in Warsaw with the Polish National Ballet as part its a Shakespeare festival. This is a co-production with the Dutch National Ballet and it received its premiere in Amsterdam during the Holland Festival 2014. The choreography is by Krysztof Pastor, Director of the Polish National Ballet.

Performances 9, 10, 22, 23 24 April and 28, 29, 30 October

Wielki Theatre – The Tempest (opens in new page)

Holland Festival

For the Holland Festival in June 2016, Dutch National Ballet will bring together young choreographers from both sides of the Atlantic. The premiere of Transatlantic is scheduled for 11 June 2016 and will include new choreographies by Justin Peck, George Williamson and Ernst Meisner. Further performances take place on 17, 19, 22, 23, 25, 26 June.

Transatlantic (opens in new page)

Concertgebouw Amsterdam

On his last visit to the Concertgebouw, Matthew Rowe conducted Bernstein’s West Side Story to great acclaim. On 19 August 2016 he returns with the North Netherlands Orchestra in a programme of classic film scores.


In December 2016 Rowe will make his debut with the Stuttgarter Ballet in Don Quijote.