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Matthias Bamert is a conductor who defies categorisation. He has been described in the international press as urbane, elegant, stylish, dynamic, sensitive, incisive, full-blooded, impassioned, ebullient, enthusiastic, sensational. "In the age of the specialist, Bamert can turn his hand to anything and do it well" (Financial Times).

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Bamert is Associate Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he conducts subscription concerts at the Royal Festival Hall in London as well as tours in the UK and abroad; these have recently included concerts in Madrid, in France and at the Lucerne Festival and the contemporary music festival in Basel, the 2001 Europäischer Musikmonat, of which Bamert was Intendant.

Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish National Orchestra and Director of the Glasgow contemporary music festival Musica Nova from 1985-90, Bamert became known for his innovative programming and has conducted the world premieres of works by many composers such as Takemitsu, Casken, Macmillan and Rihm. His gift for imaginative programming came to the fore during his tenure as Director of the Lucerne Festival (1992-98), when he was also responsible for the opening of a new concert hall, instituted a new Easter Festival, a piano festival, expanded the programme and increased the festival’s activities several times over.

Newsletter/Spring 2001:
Matthias Bamert: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra appointment

Newsletter/Autumn 2000:
Record Shelf

Newsletter/Spring 2000:
Matthias Bamert on the move

Newsletter/Spring 2000:
Orchestral Touring Highlights

Newsletter/Autumn 1999:
Proms 1999

Newsletter/Spring 1999:
Chilies at the cutting edge

Newsletter/Spring 1999:
Record Shelf

Newsletter/Autumn 1998:
The Seven Year Itch? Matthias Bamert leaves the Luzern Festival in great shape

Newsletter/Autumn 1998:
BBC Proms 1998

Newsletter/Autumn 1998:
Orchestral Touring Highlights

Newsletter/Autumn 1998:
Record Shelf

Newsletter/Spring 1998:
Record Shelf

Music Director of the London Mozart Players for seven years, he has masterminded a hugely successful series of recordings of works by "Contemporaries of Mozart" which has already exceeded 50 symphonies. In 1999, the orchestra’s 50th anniversary year, he conducted them at the BBC Proms, inVienna and at the Lucerne Festival and returned with them to Japan in January 2000. He has worked frequently in the concert hall and studio with such orchestras as the Philharmonia, the London Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, appears regularly at the London Proms, and often appears with orchestras outside London such as the BBC Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Bamert has one of the busiest international touring schedules of any conductor. He spends several weeks of every season in North America (Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Houston, Montreal), and is a regular guest in Japan (NHK Symphony, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia (including Sydney and Melbourne); in January 2003 he takes up a position as Principal Conductor of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (Perth), where he will conduct 6 weeks a season. He has guest-conducted extensively in Europe with orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest The Hague, Cologne Radio, Berlin Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Barcelona Opera, Strasbourg Philharmonic.

Born in Switzerland, and Music Director of the Swiss Radio Orchestra in Basel from 1977-1983, he has been resident in London since 1987. However his conducting career began in North America as an apprentice to George Szell and later as Assistant Conductor to Leopold Stokowski, and Resident Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra under Lorin Maazel. This legacy lives on in his hugely popular recordings for Chandos with the BBC Philharmonic of Stokowski’s arrangements of Bach, Wagner and Mussorgsky.

A prolific recording artist, Bamert has made over 60 discs, many of which have won international prizes, and he continues to record extensively with Chandos Records, in a wide repertoire – Mozart’s contemporaries with the London Mozart Players, Parry (the complete symphonies) and Frank Martin (5 discs) with the London Philharmonic, the symphonies of Roberto Gerhard with the BBC Symphony, Dutch composers with the Residentie Orchestra, and the Stokowski transcriptions, Korngold and Dohnanyi with the BBC Philharmonic.

Matthias Bamert appears by arrangement with Intermusica Artists’ Management Ltd.

November 2002

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BEETHOVEN Symphonies Nos 2, 4, 5, 7, 9
BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique
BRAHMS Symphonies Nos 1, 4
BRAHMS -SCHOENBERG Piano Quartet in G minor
BRUCKNER Symphonies 2, 6, 7, 8 (favourite No 7)
Eliot CARTER Variations
La Mer
DOHNANYI Symphony no.2
DVORAK Symphony No 8, 9
HAYDN Symphonies Nos 55, 60 (Il Distratto)
HINDEMITH Mathis der Maler
Charles IVES 3 Places in New England
KORNGOLD Sinfonietta
Schauspiel Overture
KROMMER Symphonies
MAHLER Symphonies 1, 2, 4, 5, 7
MENDELSSOHN Symphonies Nos 3 'Scottish' and 4 'Italian'
MESSIAEN L'Ascension
MOZART Symphonies inc No 29, 40, 41
MUSSORGSKY / Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition
PROKOFIEV Romeo & Juliet (see separate sheet for selection)
ROUSSEL Symphony No 3
SCHOENBERG Pelleas and Melisande
Verklaerte Nacht
SCHUBERT Symphonies Nos 4, 5, 6, 8
SCHUMANN Symphonies No 2, 4
SIBELIUS Symphonies Nos 2, 5
STRAUSS Also Sprach Zarathustra
Ein Heldenleben
STRAVINSKY Firebird Suite (1919)
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphonies Nos 2, 6

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Matthias Bamert and the Royal Philharmonic were alive to every dynamic contrast and tonal effect.. a deeply felt performance.
Royal Philharmonic, Stravinsky & Tchaikovsky

Bamert led a wonderful performance, perfect in scale, and unforgettable in the deepest music… His style was as expert in overall approach as in such details as articulation and textural clarity.
Pittsburgh Symphony, Pleyel, Albrechtsberger, WA Mozart.

The music-making was utterly refined and compelling..Bamert created interpretations of uncommon clarity and urbane sophistication…His leadership never lacked the intense commitment of superior leadership.
Houston Symphony Orchestra, Mozart and Debussy

Bamert’s talents are legion.
City of Birmingham Symphony, Bruckner 9 (The Independent)

It was taken slowly enough to allow it to register its spiritual significance, and there was nothing but classical purity in the phrasing and clarity in the textures…passionately truthful.
CBSO, Bruckner 9 (The Times)

Five-star performances.
London Mozart Players/Chandos, Pleyel symphonies (BBC Music Magazine)

The results he got from the Los Angeles Philharmonic were consistently first-rate all programme long.
Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bach, Mendelssohn & Brahms

This was great music-making. Where has he been? I would like to see more of Matthias Bamert here in the future.
London Mozart Players in Tokyo, Mozart & Schubert

Bamert’s leadership was a model of clarity and good taste and the orchestra sounded splendid under his assured baton.
Cleveland Orchestra, Mozart, Chopin & Stokowski transcriptions

Bamert’s performances are beautiful, sensitive and sympathetic, never overstated but always full-blooded.
BBC Philharmonic/Chandos, Korngold Sinfonietta & Sursum Corda (BBC Music Magazine)

Bamert wins first prize for his interpretation and beauty of tone.
BBC Philharmonic/Chandos, Dohnanyi Symphony no.1 & American Rhapsody (Klassik Heute)

The ever-explorative Matthias Bamert has again scored a major success with this release…we have numerous treats in store!
Residentie Orchestra The Hague, symphonies of William Hol (American Record Guide)

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