Chief Conductor- Sapporo Symphony Orchestra
Principal Guest Conductor- Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra
Matthias Bamert’s reputation in the classical to romantic repertories, his lifetime championship of contemporary music, and his innovative programming at the many prestigious orchestras and festivals he has been at the helm of have brought him international acclaim. Described in the press as “stylish, dynamic, sensational”, Bamert was appointed Chief Conductor of the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra in April 2018 and Principal Guest Conductor of the Daejeon Philharmonic in 2017.
He opened the Sapporo Symphony's 2021/22 season with their 60th Anniversary concert, broadcast by NHK.
Matthias Bamert’s distinguished career started in North America as an apprentice to George Szell and later Assistant Conductor to Leopold Stokowski, and Resident Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra under Lorin Maazel. Since then, Bamert has held Music Director positions with the Swiss Radio Orchestra, London Mozart Players, West Australian Symphony and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and New Zealand Symphony, and Associate Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.
Photograph credit - Yasuo Fujii
In a concert where there was much to admire, it was nevertheless Taras Bulba where the ensemble caught fire. Bamert kept such a firm grip on the structure that the final blazing affirmation of Slavic feeling was overwhelming.
Music Director of the London Mozart Players for seven years, Matthias Bamert masterminded a hugely successful series of recordings of works by “Contemporaries of Mozart”, which has already exceeded 75 symphonies. As part of the LMP’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, he conducted the LMP at the BBC Proms, in Vienna and at the Lucerne Festival.
In the UK, Matthias Bamert has worked frequently in concert halls and studios with such orchestras as the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic, featuring regularly at the BBC Proms. Internationally, Matthias Bamert has appeared with many of the great orchestras of the world, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony and NHK Symphony Orchestra.
As Director of the Glasgow contemporary music festival Musica Nova from 1985 to 1990, Matthias Bamert became renowned for his cutting edge programming, conducting many world premieres. This gift came to the fore during his acclaimed tenure as Director of the Lucerne Festival (1992-1998), when he was also responsible for the opening of the KKL concert hall. Moreover, he founded the new Easter and Piano festivals and expanded the Festival’s programming and activities.
A prolific recording artist, Matthias Bamert has made over 80 CDs, many of which have won international prizes. His output includes 24 discs of music by Mozart’s contemporaries with the London Mozart Players, the complete symphonies of Parry and five discs of works by Frank Martin with the London Philharmonic, Roberto Gerhard’s symphonies with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Stokowski transcriptions and works by Korngold and Dohnanyi with the BBC Philharmonic.
Photograph credit - Kim Hain