Holly Mathieson

Holly Mathieson


She naturally feels just the right amount of give and take, enabling the music to flow.
— Seen and Heard International


Lorna Neill

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New Zealand-born Holly Mathieson was until recently Assistant Conductor at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Resident Conductor within the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Orchestras. She also holds positions as Artistic Director of Rata Music Collective and Co-Artistic Director of the Nevis Ensemble.

A passionate communicator, combined with crystalline technique and a collaborative approach, she has won plaudits in all forms of music direction from opera, ballet and family concerts to full scale symphonic programmes.

In the past season she conducted projects with the London Symphony, BBC Concert, Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham, London Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber and Salomon orchestras, Southbank Sinfonia, Royal Northern Sinfonia's Young Sinfonia, Red Note Ensemble, Scottish Ballet, Royal College of Music Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra.

Summer 2018 also saw the inaugural tour of the innovative Nevis Ensemble, which is founded on the maxim that "music is for everyone, everywhere", and aims to take music out of the concert hall, and into isolated communities. The orchestra undertook over 70 concerts in a period of two weeks travelling the length and breadth of Scotland.

The 2018/19 season will see her debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra GB, Ulster Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia, as well as return appearances with the Auckland Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, Royal College of Music Philharmonic Orchestra, a national tour with Scottish Ballet and performances at Garsington Opera Festival. 

Previous highlights in her conducting career so far have included her US debut with the Illinois Philharmonic and acclaimed performances with Opera Holland Park as part of the Christine Collins Young Artist Programme,...