Bravura Piano and Dvořák’s Seventh

Concert Information

Performance dates
Holly Mathieson, conductor
Katherine Chi, piano
Symphony Nova Scotia
On the program

John Estacio: Brio: Toccata and Fantasy
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
Dvořák: Symphony No. 7

A premier pianist. An expanded orchestra. And a lineup of powerful, rarely performed masterworks. Join Symphony Nova Scotia and the award-winning Katherine Chi for a thrilling performance of Prokofiev’s famous Piano Concerto No. 3 – a fiendishly difficult work full of flash, fun, and propulsive enthusiasm. Then, experience the drama, depth, and heart-stopping intensity of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7, written to “move the world.”

About the Artists

Holly Mathieson, conductor

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 based on the flash-mob principle of music-making. The orchestra undertook over 70 concerts in a period of two weeks, travelling the length and breadth of Scotland.

The 2018/19 season sees 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 U.S. debut with the Illinois Philharmonic, and acclaimed performances with Opera Holland Park as part of the Christine Collins Young Artist Programme, and Dartington International Summer School.

Toward the beginning of her conducting career, she was chosen as one of only four young conductors from around the world to participate in the Interaktion Dirigentenwerkstatt des Kritischen Orchesters with players from the Berlin Philharmonic and other top-tiered German orchestras. She has worked with, and learned at the side of, many esteemed conductors, and counts the following among her mentors: Marin Alsop, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph von Dohnányi, Peter Oundjian, Donald Runnicles, Thomas Søndergård, and Garry Walker.

Holly is based in Glasgow, where she previously held the prestigious Leverhulme Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She holds a PhD in Music Iconography, and in 2016, she was named one of New Zealand’s Top 50 Women of Achievement.

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