Symphony Nova Scotia
Mozart: Symphony No. 34
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Followed by an interactive online artist Q&A with:
- Symphony Nova Scotia Music Director Holly Mathieson
- Symphony Nova Scotia Principal Bass Max Kasper
- Symphony Nova Scotia Principal Bassoon Gabe Azzie
Original performance: November 7, 2019, Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax
In November 2019, conductor Holly Mathieson joined Symphony Nova Scotia for an unforgettable, rave-reviewed concert that led to her appointment as the orchestra’s Music Director. Hear their performance together of Mozart’s vivid, energetic Symphony No. 34.
About the Music
Composed: 1780 / Premiered: 1780, Salzburg / Duration: 19 minutes
In 1779, Mozart was 23 years old, and working as the organist and concertmaster at the court of the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg. During his years there, he composed church music, several violin concertos, and three symphonies – including this bright, festive Symphony No. 34. He expanded the work several years later to create the version we know today.
About the Artists
Holly Mathieson, conductor
New Zealand-born Holly Mathieson is an award-winning conductor, regularly working with opera houses, ballet companies, and orchestras in Europe, Australasia, and North America. She is the Music Director of Symphony Nova Scotia, Co-Artistic Director of the Nevis Ensemble with Jon Hargreaves, and founder and artistic director of Rata Music Collective. She frequently records for BBC Radio, and her first major commercial recording with Decca reached No. 1 on the UK classical charts. Her work has seen her travel to nearly every continent on the planet, and perform for audiences spanning from the British Royal Family and Europe’s political elites, to Scotland’s homeless and refugee communities.
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.
She held several major early-career positions, including the Leverhulme Fellowship in Conducting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Assistant Conductor of both the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras, and Resident Conductor within the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland. Prior to that, 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 enjoyed a critically acclaimed London debut with Opera Holland Park as part of the 2015 Christine Collins Young Artist Programme, and was a conducting fellow at Dartington International Summer School and Taki Concordia Prizewinner in 2013.
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. She holds a PhD in Music Iconography, during which she was awarded the global Sylff Fellowship, and in 2016 Zonta New Zealand named her one of New Zealand’s Top 50 Women of Achievement.
She currently lives in Glasgow, and is regularly invited to be a guest teacher at institutions like the Royal College of Music, the University of Manchester, the University of Glasgow, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is a frequent contributor and guest for BBC Radio, is a classical music writer, and in 2019, launched a podcast called Scordatura.