New Zealand-born Holly Mathieson is currently Assistant Conductor at the RSNO (2016-18), Resident Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Junior Orchestra, and has guest engagements across NZ, the UK and America. In the current season, these include concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra, RSNO, Kensington Symphony Orchestra, Farnborough Symphony Orchestra, Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra and Corinthian Chamber Orchestra, a tour with Scottish Ballet, and a trial as music director of the Illinois Philharmonic. Forthcoming projects include a commercial recording of works by John McLeod with Dame Evelyn Glennie and the RSNO, and concerts with London’s Southbank Sinfonia and Salomon Orchestra.
Awards for Holly's work include a 2013 Professional Development Grant from Creative NZ, the 2012 AMP Regional Scholarship from Roost Mortgages, the 2009 Patronage Award from Adrienne, Lady Stewart and the NZ Arts Foundation, and the Elman Poole Travelling Scholarship (2006). Holly was named a Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellow in 2008. She was also given a high commendation in the 2013 Taki Concordia Fellowship. In 2016, Zonta NZ named her as one of New Zealand's Top 50 Women of Achievement.