Conductor Laureate

matthew wood

2006: in recognition of Matthew’s long association and achievements with WRPS, Matthew was appointed as Conductor Laureate of WRPS and awarded an hononary life member.

WRPS wish him every success in his international conducting career.

“a great deal of flair … drawing unexpected colours out of the great welter of sound” SMH 27 November 2001. “Matthew Wood…received support from enlightened individuals to explore the link between music and words with intelligence, subtlety and sophistication.” SMH 15 October 2002 “… showed responsiveness to the tenor of the central Andante, keeping its pace moving steadily, and also generating some surprises with his phrasing choices”. The Age 12 August 2003. In recent years, the Australian conductor Matthew Wood has emerged as a musician of versatile talents within orchestral, choral, operatic and new music repertoire.

In 2009, Matthew is Associate Conductor of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Previously residing in Manchester, Matthew was recently awarded the much sought after position of Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music. This two-year position commenced in September 2005 and saw Matthew direct the RNCM Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the RNCM Opera and RNCM New Ensemble. During this time, Matthew will also work closely with Maestro Mark Elder CBE and the Hallé Orchestra.

Since his arrival in the UK, Matthew has worked with many ensembles including the Hallé Youth Orchestra, Stockport Symphony, Crosby Symphony, Wrexham Symphony, Chester Philharmonic, Wilmslow Symphony and numerous ensembles at the RNCM.

Matthew has participated in numerous master classes run by many leading conductors including Mark Elder, Jorma Panula, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Arvo Volmer, David Porcelijn, Johannes Fritzsch, Christopher Seaman, and János Fürst.

Matthew has been awarded numerous conducting prizes and awards both in Australia and overseas. In 2003, Matthew received first place at the World Conducting Symposium on the Orchestral Music of Sibelius and has since been invited back as a regular guest conductor by the host orchestra – the Simfonică a Filarmonicii Braşov.

In Australia, as part of Symphony Australia’s conductor program, Matthew has conducted the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and holds regular guest conductor positions with the Australia Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Australia’s “premiere new music ensemble” Halcyon and the East Sydney Chamber Orchestra.

Matthew is thrilled to announce that from May 2013 he will take up the position of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. Amongst many 2013 season highlights is a tour to Uluru, where the orchestra will become the first to ever play at this iconic Australian landmark.