Top conductor in Hamilton
What does it take to win one of the most coveted podium positions in the world? Intelligence, coordination, interpretation, top communication skills and great sensitivity.
In fierce competition, UK-based New Zealand conductor Holly Mathieson ousted more than 300 applicants worldwide in her recent appointment as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s new assistant conductor. Earlier this year, Holly was also named by Zonta New Zealand as one of New Zealand’s Top 50 Women of Achievement.
Holly is one of only a handful of women in the world forging a career as an orchestral conductor. In the forthcoming season she has guest engagements across New Zealand, the UK and America, including a trial as music director of the Illinois Philharmonic.
A conductor’s job is complex and more than just waving a baton around in time. They interpret the story behind a piece of music, and then communicate the thoughts and emotions to the audience through expert guidance of every player in the orchestra. Their gestures must be clear and match the character of the piece. Conductors direct tempo, rhythm, volume, articulation and mood, all while following the many instrumental parts in the orchestral score.
Holly will be conducting Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 in G minor, a dramatic work full of rhythmic tension, and pushing the boundaries of “dark emotional restraint” typical of the classical era.
Brahms’ Double Concerto for violin and cello in Aminor will bring two New Zealand soloists with flourishing careers overseas back to their home stage.
Amalia Hall is considered one of New Zealand’s foremost young violinists, and is highly acclaimed for her ability to move audiences. She has won a number of international competitions, and while still in her teens won all of the major national awards in New Zealand.
Since making her debut at the age of nine with the Auckland Philharmonia, Amalia has been a regular soloist with orchestras in New Zealand, and more recently in Europe. Her extensive performing experience includes recitals and chamber music throughout Europe, USA and NZ. Amalia takes inspiration from her travels, experiencing the cultures of composers helps her to understand the emotions expressed into their music.
Berlin-based Edward King is a graduate of the University of Waikato, the Leopold Mozart Center (Augsburg), and the University of the Arts in Berlin.
A recipient of many awards and scholarships, Edward is a Laureate of the Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition. In 2017, he will take up a position as associate principal cellist in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Releasing the Angel, amoving work by New Zealand composer Eve de Castro-Robinson, will feature Edward again as soloist.
Connections will provide audiences a rare chance to see three outstanding New Zealand musicians on the same stage. The Hamilton performance is Friday, September 16 at 8 pm, at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.