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Matthias Bamert

Matthias Bamert

Matthias Bamert is a conductor of Swiss origin. While possessing a solid reputation as a conductor of standard repertory, he is best known for his dedication in bringing recognition to new music, obscure 18th century music and neglected music from every era.  

Matthias Bamert was born on the 5th of July 1942 in Ersiten, Switzerland. He studied in Switzerland, Darmstad and Paris, playing as the principle oboist with the Salzburg Mozart Orchestra between 1965 and 1969 before later changing to study conducting.

Matthias Bamert's conducting career took off in North America when he took his apprenticeship under George Szell before later working as assistant conductor to the Cleveland Orchestra under Lorin Maazel. Between 1977 and 1983, he was music director to the Swiss Radio Orchestra.

He was Principle Guest Conductor to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as well as director of the Glasgow Contemporary Music Festival, Musica Nova from 1985-1990 and director of the Lucerne Festival from 1992-1998. Following this, he has gone on to serve as Principle Guest Conductor to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra from 2000-2005 and as the chief conductor for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Between 2005 and 2008 he was Chief Conductor to the Malaysian Phiharmonic Orchestra. He has conducted world premiers of such international composers as Toru Takemitsu, John Casken and Wolfgang Rihm.

Matthias Bamert has conducted for over 60 recordings, including recordings with the label, Chandos of work by Joseph Myslivecek, parry and Frank Martin with London Philharmonic Orchestra, the symphonies of Roberto Gerhard with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dutch composers such as Johannes Verhulst and Cornelis Dopper with the Residentie Orchestra, a series devoted to Leopold Stokowski arrangements, concert music by Korngold and Erno Dohnányi with the BBC Philharmonic. He has also conducted a series of recordings of John Field's compositions for piano and orchestra with Miceál O'Rourke.

Matthias Bamert is known for being a quick study and able to master new and unfamiliar scores with ease and speed. Further to this, he is known for his talent in conducting highly effective premiers in concert.