Matthew Rowe

music director Dutch National Ballet, principal conductor of Dutch Ballet Orchestra

Matthew Rowe was appointed music 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 likes the dialogue you can create through music with the dancers on stage, as well as with the audience. The press commended him for his contribution to the tribute programme for Hans van Manen, Ode to the Master, in which he conducted Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto no. 1 – with Liza Ferschtman as soloist – as well as Louis Andriessen’s Symfonieën der Nederlanden. A highlight was the world premiere of Ted Brandsen’s Mata Hari; a large-scale production with music by the leading British composer Tarik O’Regan. Rowe also conducts the classical ballet repertoire, including Cinderella, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Romeo and Juliet and Don Quichot. He is a regular guest conductor with other major dance companies, including NDT, The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and the Polish National Ballet. He enjoys working with young talent, and recent projects include his performances of Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps with the Orchestra of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and a performance of Bernstein’s West Side Story on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Concertgebouw.