“As fine a student orchestra as I am ever likely to hear”
— Musicweb International
Australian-born conductor Matthew Wood now resides in the UK where he regularly works with some of the finest orchestras in the country and throughout Europe, South America and Australia.
From 2007–2010 Matthew held the position of Associate Conductor with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and conducts other leading orchestras in the UK including the Philharmonia and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
He is a regular guest conductor of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, and has recently made his debut with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Chile, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
He is also in demand as a conducting teacher and has worked as a lecturer in conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music and at the University of NSW, Sydney.
From 2005–2007 Matthew held the coveted position of Conducting Fellow at the Royal Northern College of Music. During this time he was selected to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra, as part of their conductor discovery series and received tuition from conductors Sir Mark Elder and Sir Colin Davis.
Matthew completed his undergraduate music studies, graduating with first class honours at the University of New South Wales, majoring in composition. He then undertook postgraduate conducting studies at the Sydney Conservatorium where he received numerous scholarships before concentrating his studies under renowned conductor pedagogue Jorma Panula.
He has had success in competitions most recently as a finalist at the Cadaques International Conducting Competition in Spain.