Holly Mathieson

Holly Mathieson


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


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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 currently 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 to full scale symphonic programmes.

The past two seasons have seen her debuts with almost all key UK orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra as well as return visits to the 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. 

The 2019/20 season will see her debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Scottish Opera Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva and Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra. She will also debut with English Touring Opera (Mozart’s Così fan Tutte) with Opera North (new work by Will Todd) and with New Zealand Opera, conducting Britten’s Turn of the Screw. Symphony Nova Scotia, Auckland Philharmonia and Scottish Ballet all welcome her back. 

Holly’s debut CD with Decca featuring Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Isata Kanneh-Mason and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra was released in July 2019 and immediately landed on the No.1 spot in the UK Classical charts. 

Summer 2018 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. In 2019 the orchestra will tour the Hebrides. …