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Matthew Halls
Matthew Halls


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About Matthew

Chief Conductor and Artistic Director: Tampere Philharmonic

The 2023/24 season sees Matthew's first season as Chief Conductor of Finland’s Tampere Philharmonic, with programmes ranging from Bach’s St John Passion through to Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. He also returns to the Finnish Radio Symphony, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony and Wiener Symphoniker, and debuts with Tapiola Sinfonietta. Further ahead, he debuts with Atlanta Symphony and Orchestre national de Belgique and returns to Dallas Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Highlights in 2022/23 included debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestre de chambre de Paris and Antwerp Symphony and returns to Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Indianapolis Symphony, Residentie Orchestra and Houston Symphony. Matthew also has regular guest conducting relationships with The Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Toronto Symphony and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra among others.

With a background in period-performance, Matthew was one of the first to guest-conduct Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s Concentus Musicus Wien. His discography includes Bach’s Harpsichord Concertos directed from the keyboard, the premiere recording of Handel’s Parnasso in Festa and Bach’s Easter and Ascension oratorios.

Matthew is based in Derbyshire, United Kingdom

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Season Highlights

Feb 2023
Gulbenkian, Lisbon
Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer interval Fauré: Requiem Gulbenkian Orchestra
Aug 2023
Tampere-talo, Tampere
James Macmillan: Confession of Isobel Gowdie Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 interval Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 Paul Lewis (piano) Tampere Philharmonic
Oct 2023
Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks Haydn: Symphony No. 94 interval Beethoven: Mass in C Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

Sample Programmes

  • Tampere Philharmonic (Oct 2022)

    Sebastian Fagerlund: Nomade interval Bruckner: Symphony No.7

  • Minnesota Orchestra (Jan 2023)

    Adolphus Hailstork: Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed Schumann: Cello Concerto interval Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”



  • Beethoven and Sibelius with the Tampere Philharmonic

    Tampere-talo, Tampere
    Sep 2023
    • Matthew Halls has already brought a new kind of lightness and sharpness to the sound of the orchestra in just a few weeks as Chief Conductor. At the same time, he demands from the orchestra a wide range of tone nuances and intensity, both at quieter and louder extremes - these traits served Beethoven's music ideally. The interpretation of En Saga had a suitable proportion of fullness and finished details. The arc of the drama was shaped by Halls as naturally as a month ago with Sibelius' Fifth. The mysteriously soaring main theme went through all the emotional states before falling into a breathless silence.