New Zealand-born Holly Mathieson is assistant Conductor of the RSNO, Resident Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Junior Orchestra and founder and Artistic Director of the Horizont Musik-Kollektiv (Berlin. She also teaches on the performance faculty at Goldsmiths University, London. This season, she works as assistant conductor with Opera North (L'elisir d'amore) and Longborough Festival Opera (Tannhäuser), and returns to NZ for concerts with The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, St Matthew Chamber Orchestra, Opus Orchestra and Dunedin Symphony Orchestra. In the 2016-17 season she will be a finalist for the music directorship at Illinois Philharmonic, and has debuts with several London orchestras. She was recently named by Zonta NZ as one of New Zealand's Top 50 Women of Achievement.