Matthias Maute joins Symphony Nova Scotia to perform baroque masterpieces from Vivaldi and Bach

Concert also includes solo performance from Symphony Nova Scotia’s own Renaud Lapierre

Halifax, NS – Acclaimed Canadian flute and recorder player Matthias Maute partners with Symphony Nova Scotia for an energetic display of virtuoso agility on Sunday, February 7 at 2:00 pm at St. Andrew’s United Church in Halifax.

Maute has a “rare virtuosity” that ranks him among “the finest of today’s players”, says the Washington Post, and he’s also an accomplished conductor and composer.

In this concert, Maute will take the stage as soloist in a Vivaldi Recorder Concerto, and he’ll also lead the orchestra in highlights from Handel’s Water Music and Bach’s Suite no. 3. The Bach Suite is widely loved for its achingly beautiful Air (transcribed as “Air on the G String”), one of the most famous pieces of baroque music ever written.

Under Maute’s direction, the orhcestra will also perform Telemann’s Violin Concerto, featuring our own virtuoso concertmaster Renaud Lapierre.

As a conductor, Maute is renowned for his inventive lead of Ensemble Caprice, a Juno Award-winning, Montreal-based orchestra which he founded and regularly appears with at major national and international festivals. His recordings with Ensemble Caprice have been widely acclaimed, and his latest recording has been credited as “one of the most beautiful classical albums of the year” (Toronto Star).

Maute also leads a busy career as a solo performer and composer, with highlights including a First Prize win in Belgium’s distinguished Early Music Composition and a placement as featured recorder soloist at the Boston Early Music Festival. In 2014, his compositions for recorder were played at 34 concerts in seven Canadian provinces.

Media acclaim for Maute includes:

  • “Matthias Maute and his musicians conveyed the divine sounds of Bach with an original interpretation, reaching moments of sublime beauty.” – La Scena Musicale
  • “The way in which Maute has conceived and structured these recordings makes use of Baroque symbolism to create the maximum effect. Groups like Ensemble Caprice are shedding new light on the masterpieces Vivaldi wrote.” – Early Music America Magazine
  • “The ensemble has established itself as an immensely thoughtful and progressive force on the musical scene. A group that encourages the world to rehear the world.” – The New York Times

This concert marks Maute’s very first appearance with Symphony Nova Scotia. The full concert program includes:

  • Handel: Suite no. 2, from Water Music
  • J.S. Bach: Suite no. 3
  • Telemann: Violin Concerto TWV 51:F4
  • Vivaldi: Concerto for Recorder and Strings, RV 443

Tickets are on sale now! Prices begin at $50 (HST included) and are $16 for under-30s. Or, you can pick up a ticket package and save up to 30%. Tickets are available at the Dalhousie Arts Centre box office (6101 University Avenue, Halifax), at 902.494.3820, or online at

Matthias Maute conductingAbout Matthias Maute
Matthias Maute has achieved an international reputation as a conductor, composer, and recorder and flute player. Matthias is esteemed for his artistic direction of Ensemble Caprice, with whom he regularly appears at major national and international festivals. In Canada his appearances have included the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Festival international du Domaine Forget, and Elora Festival.

His solo career has soared since winning First Prize at the renowned Early Music Competition in Bruges, Belgium in 1990. He made his debut at Lincoln Center in New York in December 2008.

As a versatile conductor of both orchestras and choirs, Maute’s version of Bach’s B Minor Mass, and works by Arvo Pärt and J. D. Zelenka, have been broadcast nationwide by CBC Radio. In 2011, Ensemble Caprice was awarded an Opus Prize as Artist of the Year by the Quebec Arts Council and another Opus Prize for Concert of the Year for their performance of the B Minor Mass. Under his direction, Ensemble Caprice was awarded the prestigious 2009 JUNO Award for Best Classical Album of the Year (Choral) for its CD Gloria! Vivaldi’s Angels.

In 2012, a double CD by Ensemble Caprice featuring Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos plus music by Shostakovich was released to critical acclaim. The follow-up CD, Adagio, was hailed by the Toronto Star (John Terauds) as “one of the most beautiful classical albums of the year.”

Maute is a guest conductor of both period and modern instrument orchestras, including I Musici de Montréal, Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and La Pietà (Montreal).

His compositions hold an important place in the world of contemporary recorder music. In 2014, his compositions were played at 34 concerts in seven Canadian provinces.

Maute has made over 20 recordings on the Analekta, Atma Classique, Vanguard Classics, Bella Musica, Dorian, and Bridge labels. He teaches at McGill University and Université de Montréal.

About Symphony Nova Scotia
Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotia’s orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 15,000 young music lovers) join us in communities across Nova Scotia for performances of the music they love – from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is one of the most broadcast orchestras in the country, with over 20 commercial releases and multiple East Coast Music Awards. Visit to learn more, listen online, or get tickets today!


For more information, please contact:
Heidi MacPhee
Director of Communications and Marketing, Symphony Nova Scotia