Holly Mathieson

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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.

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Holly Mathieson appointed Assistant Conductor, RSNO 13. Jun 2016

Holly Mathieson will join the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as assistant conductor with the 2016/17 season.


She will succeed Jean-Claude Picard, who was appointed associate conductor for the 2015/16 season after his term as assistant conductor finished with the 2014/15 season. He conducts his fin...

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Holly Mathieson, Dunedin New Zealand
Holly Mathieson Mozart Symphony No. 29, 2nd Mvt
Holly conducts the 2nd mvt of Mozart's Symphony No. 29, during the RCS and BBCSSO side-by-side recording projects. 
Kensington Symphony Orchestra
2017-03-04, London
St John's Smith Square
Kensington Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Mathieson, Holly
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Musical safari
2017-03-30, Glasgow
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - Glasgow, Scotland
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Conductor: Mathieson, Holly
Soloists:
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Holly Mathieson, Dartington Festival Orchestra 2013
Holly Mathieson conducts the Dartington Festival Orchestra, Dartington International Summer School 2013.   
Assisting: Oundjian
2017-04-08, Glasgow
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - Glasgow, Scotland
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Conductor: Mathieson, Holly
Soloists:
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Assisting: Thomas Søndergård
2017-04-21, Edinburgh
Usher Hall - Edinburgh, Scotland
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Conductor: Mathieson, Holly
Soloists: Williams, Roderick
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Assisting: Thomas Søndergård
2017-04-22, Glasgow
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - Glasgow, Scotland
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Conductor: Mathieson, Holly
Soloists:
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Assisting: Oundjian
2017-04-07, Edinburgh
Usher Hall - Edinburgh, Scotland
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Conductor: Mathieson, Holly
Soloists:
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National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, junior orchestra
2015-07-12 Herald Scotland , Edinburgh
"Five stars

I'VE never believed in exercising literalism in this star-award system we (and others) employ to append some sort of personal, however experienced, value judgement at the top of a review. Does its use imply that one gig with a five-star-review was, by definition, better than a completely different event which received "only" four stars? Of course it doesn't: everything is evaluated in its own right. And nor do we count wrong notes.

String that lot together, and what we had from the Junior Orchestra of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland on Saturday was a phenomenal display of musicianship. I literally thought, on the night: "These musicians are between eight and 13 years old; what they are achieving here tonight, in a sold-out Greyfriars concert, where the buzz is electric, is genuinely outstanding."

Everything they did, guided and released by the charismatic New Zealand conductor Holly Mathieson, from MacCunn's Land of the Mountain and Flood to Gliere's little-known, gloriously-melodic Horn Concerto, came soaring off the page. Horn soloist Diana Sheach's playing of the Gliere was a wonder to hear. I don't know if it's a masterpiece, but she made it feel like one: what conviction.

The Juniors' playing of John Maxwell Geddes' Dances at Threave had such meat, lilt and grace in its various sections that my left foot was giving it laldy, while my grin was close to inane. The band revealed a bit more to Debussy's Marche ecossaise than some do, and their foot-stomping finale, In the Hall of the Mountain King, was a right thumper. A great night, every one of you: bravo; everyone in the orchestra should feel proud.
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(Michael Tumelty)
REVIEW from 2015-07-12  
Assisting: Oundjian
2017-02-03, Edinburgh
Usher Hall - Edinburgh, Scotland
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Conductor: Mathieson, Holly
Soloists: Bryan, Katherine
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Holly Mathieson, Dunedin New Zealand
Mozart, Symphony no, 38 "Prague" - 1st and 2nd movements
2nd round of the Cadaques Conducting Competition, 2013. 
Holly Mathieson, London 2011
Holly Mathieson, Southern Sinfonia, 2014
Holly Mathieson conducts CPE Bach's Double Concerto for harpsichord and fortepiano (soloists John van Buskirk and David Burchell): Southern Sinfonia, August 2014. 
Assisting: Oundjian
2017-04-06, Dundee
Caird Hall - Dundee, UK
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Conductor: Mathieson, Holly
Soloists: Biss, Jonathan
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Assisting: Oundjian
2017-02-04, Glasgow
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - Glasgow, Scotland
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Conductor: Mathieson, Holly
Soloists:
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Holly Mathieson, Scotland 2015
Holly Mathieson conducts National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Junior Orchestra, Scotland 2015. 
Holly Mathieson, in concert with the St Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, 2012
Children's Classic Swingalong
2016-12-11, Edinburgh
Usher Hall - Edinburgh, Scotland
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Conductor: Mathieson, Holly
Soloists:
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Wagner, Tristan Prelude
Holly Mathieson
Das Kritisches Orchester (Berliner Philharmoniker u.s.w), Berlin Dirigentenwerkstatt, 2013

Wagner, Tristan Prelude 
Holly Mathieson, Dunedin New Zealand
Holly Mathieson, Opera Holland Park 2013
Holly Mathieson, Scotland 2015
Holly Mathieson conducts National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Junior Orchestra,Strathallan, July 2015. Photo Courtesy of National Youth Orchestras of Scotland. 
Shostakovich, Kammer Sinfonie 110a, 1st mvt
Holly Mathieson
Das Kritisches Orchester (Berliner Philharmoniker u.s.w), Berlin Dirigentenwerkstatt, 2013
Shostakovich, Kammer Sinfonie 110a, 1st Mvt 
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