Matthew Wood - Biography
Australian born conductor Matthew Wood currently resides in the UK where he regularly works with some of the finest orchestras in the country and throughout Europe, South America and Australia.
From 2007-2010 Matthew held the position of Associate Conductor with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and has worked with other leading orchestras in the UK including the Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Ballet Covent Garden.
Matthew has also made numerous appearances outside of the UK, being a regular guest conductor of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Chile, Orquesta Clasica Santa Cecilia Madrid and Brasov Philharmonic, Romania.
In Australia he has conducted numerous orchestras and ensembles including recent performances with the Queensland, Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. In May he will take up the post of Chief Conductor / Artistic Director of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra.
He is also in demand as a conducting teacher and is a regular guest lecturer and conductor at the Royal Northern College of Music where Matthew held the coveted position of Conducting Fellow from 2005-2007. During this time he was selected to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra, as part of their conductor discovery series, and received tuition from conductors Sir Mark Elder and Sir Colin Davis.
Matthew completed his undergraduate music studies, graduating with first class honours at the University of New South Wales, majoring in composition. He then undertook postgraduate conducting studies at the Sydney Conservatorium where he received numerous scholarships before concentrating his studies under renowned conductor pedagogue Jorma Panula.