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A Brit baton takes command of Dutch ballet

At the end of the toughest year for Dutch arts, an experienced British conductor starts work on January 1 as chief conductor of Dutch National Ballet and its associated orchestra, the Holland Symphonia.

Matthew Rowe’s greatest fame so far was as a mentor in the BBC game-show, Maestro, but there will be no time for playing around on the Dutch frontline. The ballet has to demonstrate its worth on the national and the world stage, or politicians will start talking once again of abolition.

Big job ahead.





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  1. You don’t actually state the full name of this Rowe – shall I google to get the rest of the information?

  2. Matthew Rowe stood out as exceptional in myriad ways over a decade ago when we were working together during the Kondrashin Series in Holland. I will never forget his performance of the Tchaikovsky Fourth with the, then, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra on a muggy summer night in Utrecht. Peter Eötvös, Eri Klas, and Ton Koopman all remarked upon his mastery even then. He was the first conductor I invited to the Project Divisi inaugural season in Houston, and his recent work as a (now tenured) professor at San Diego State University in California has made for very happy and loyal students, an improving orchestral ensemble in an impossibly challenging state economy, as well as admiring and encouraging fellow professors.

    He’s a sterling friend, a wonderful colleague and Dutch National Ballet is getting an extraordinary musician. It is always a special pleasure when one of the good guys is recognized for stellar work, then gets tapped to continue that work in a larger arena.


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