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Matthew Rowe

musical and principal director Dutch Ballet Orchestra

Matthew Rowe was appointed musical director of Dutch National Ballet and principal conductor of Dutch Ballet Orchestra in January 2013. He is the first conductor to hold these two positions simultaneously.

Rowe studied in London and in Baltimore. He was the musical director of the Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, associate chorus director with the London Philharmonic Choir and Director of Orchestral Studies at San Diego State University.

Rowe has also worked recently as a guest conductor with leading dance companies, including Polish National Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet, and in symphonic repertoire with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and The Hague Philharmonic. He has given live commentary for the BBC, for whom he has developed a format for a new digital television programme about conductors.

He is known for his versatility and his wide repertoire in opera, ballet, contemporary music and accompaniment of silent films, such as Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights and Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin. Recent projects outside dance included a Frank Zappa retrospective with the Doelen Ensemble, the celebration of John Cage's one hundredth anniversary in San Diego and a performance of Bernstein's West Side Story on the occasion of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Concertgebouw.