Matthew Scott Rogers
Matthew Scott Rogers is one of the most accomplished British conductors of his generation. Active in opera and ballet theatre, as well as on the concert platform, he works regularly with the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, with Winslow Hall and Dubrovnik Opera, and is the Doctoral scholar in Conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
In July 2015 Matthew made his Royal Ballet debut conducting the New York City Ballet Orchestra at the David H Koch theatre, Lincoln Center; and in August 2015 Matthew conducted the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as a member of the prestigious Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program. Other recent highlights have included La Traviata and Lucia di Lammermoorwith Winslow Hall Opera, a triple-bill of Britten and Bernstein with the Royal Ballet company, Appalachian Spring at Sadler’s Wells, Haydn’s The Creation in Truro, the European premiere of Charles Coleman’s Violin Concerto at the Pärnu Music Festival, as well as concerts in Estonia with the VU-Orkest Amsterdam and tours with the Portobello Orchestra, of whom he was Principal Conductor between 2012-14.
In January 2015 Matthew was appointed conductor in residence of the QAF Orchestra
in Doha, Qatar. 2016/17 engagements include Giselle at the Royal Opera House, Carmen at St John’s Smith Square, and concerts with the South West Chamber Orchestra.
Other orchestras Matthew has conducted include the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Youth Orchestra, the Rambert Ballet Orchestra, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Symphony Orchestra, University of Glasgow Symphony orchestra, the Orchestra of the City, Aylesbury Symphony Orchestra, Kingston Philharmonia, New Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, and the New Professionals Orchestra of London. Alongside orchestral work, he is an accomplished conductor of new music having conducted at both the 2012 Sound Thought and 2011 PLUG contemporary music festivals. As an undergraduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, he was the youngest student admitted into the conducting class and subsequently prepared the RSAMD Symphony Orchestra for leading guest conductors including Ilan Volkov, Stéphane Dèneve, Donald Runnicles and Martyn Brabbins. In 2010 he was an assistant conductor on Poulenc’s Dialogues et Carmelites, a collaboration between the RSAMD and Scottish Opera.
Matthew has studied with Neeme and Paavo Järvi, Bernard Haitink and Christopher Seaman. At the age of twenty he was a member of Jorma Panula’s acclaimed class at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and twice received the John Lewis Partnership Scholarship for conducting studies with Neil Thomson at the London Conducting Workshop, Royal Academy of Music.
As both a chorister and clarinettist, Matthew recorded for record labels including Chandos, Naxos, Doyen and DeHaske. He first read music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, before continuing at the University of Glasgow, the Sibelius Academy and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
In September 2016 Matthew joined Linden Wind Orchestra as Principal Conductor for our Autumn and Christmas concerts before joining us full-time as our Associate Director of Music, working alongside Adam Broughton.