Matthew Rowe
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Matthew Rowe

Musical director | Principal conductor of Dutch Ballet Orchestra

The British conductor Matthew Rowe made his debut with Dutch National Ballet in 2004, returning as a guest every season until his appointment as Music Director of Dutch National Ballet and Principal Conductor of the Dutch Ballet Orchestra in 2012. In this double position, he plays a vital role in the musical and artistic collaboration between the two organisations.

Matthew Rowe stands out in the conducting world for his skill and experience with complex collaborative productions. He is an exceptionally versatile conductor with a wide repertoire, and is respected and acknowledged for his passion, commitment and energy.

Notable productions with Dutch National Ballet have included Wheeldon’s Cinderella, Ratmansky’s Firebird, and world premieres of Shen Wei’s Sacre du Printemps, Ted Brandsen’s Mata Hari, David Dawson’s Requiem and Anabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Frida. Rowe’s repertoire also includes numerous works by Hans van Manen, George Balanchine and Krzysztof Pastor, alongside classics such as Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Romeo and Juliet and Don Quixote.

Matthew Rowe also frequently appears with Nederlands Dans Theater, where he has collaborated with many choreographers including the duo Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, Jiří Kylián, Marco Goecke and Crystal Pite. He is also a regular guest conductor with international dance companies, including San Francisco Ballet. Stuttgarter Ballett, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Polish National Ballet, and The Royal Danish Ballet.