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Matthias Bamert

Matthias Bamert



Matthias Bamert's reputation in the Classical to Romantic repertoires and as a champion of contemporary music, as well as his innovative programming, have gained him tremendous international recognition. He has been described in the international press as elegant, stylish, dynamic, enthusiastic and sensational. In 2017 he was offered a guest conductor position at the Deajeon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea. Bamert will be celebrating his 75th birthday this year at the Lucerne Festival, where he will be conducting the Asian Youth Orchestra in Mahler's First Symphony. Lucerne has always been a special place for him: he acted as the Festival's leader for seven years and introduced the November Piano Festival here in 1998.
Josef Mysliveček
Josef Mysliveček

Symphony in D major (excerpts)

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms

Symphony No. 1 - III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso

Ernst von Dohnányi

Ernst von Dohnányi

Ruralia hungarica - II. Presto, ma non tanto

Richard Hol

Richard Hol

Symphony No. 3 - II. Scherzo

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Military March



Biography Matthias Bamert

Matthias Bamert's reputation in the Classical to Romantic repertoires, his endorsement of contemporary music, and his innovative programming have received international praise. He has been described in the international press as elegant, stylish, dynamic, enthusiastic, and sensational. In 2016 he visited Japan 4 times, and conducted the Gunma Philharmonic Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Kanazawa, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Japan Virtuoso Symphony Orchestra and Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2017, he has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, and he will be celebrating his 75th birthday conducting at the Lucerne Festival and the Brevard Music Festival.

Matthias Bamert's distinguished career began in North America as an apprentice to George Szell, later as Assistant Conductor to Leopold Stokowski, and Resident Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra under Lorin Maazel. Since then, Matthias Bamert has held Music Director positions with the Swiss Radio Orchestra, London Mozart Players, West Australian Symphony and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and as Associate Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.

Music Director of the London Mozart Players for seven years, Matthias Bamert masterminded a hugely successful series of recordings of works by “Contemporaries of Mozart”, which has already exceeded 75 symphonies. As part of their 50th Anniversary celebrations in 1999, he conducted the LMP at the BBC Proms, in Vienna and at the Lucerne Festival.

In the UK, Matthias Bamert has worked frequently in concert halls and studios with such orchestras as the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic, featuring regularly at the BBC Proms. Internationally, Matthias Bamert has appeared with many of the great orchestras of the world, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, the Leningrad Philharmonic, the Sydney Symphony, the NHK Symphony Orchestra and Sapporo Symphony Orchestra.

Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Director of the Glasgow contemporary music festival Musica Nova from 1985-90, Matthias Bamert became renowned for his innovative programming, conducting many world premieres. This gift came to the fore during his acclaimed tenure as Director of the Lucerne Festival (1992-98), when he was also responsible for the opening of the KKL concert hall. Moreover, he founded the new Easter and Piano festivals and expanded the program variety and Festival activities.

A prolific recording artist, Matthias Bamert has made over 80 CDs, many of which have won international prizes. His output includes 24 CDs of music by Mozart's contemporaries with the London Mozart Players, the complete symphonies of Parry and five CDs of works by Frank Martin with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the symphonies of Roberto Gerhard with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Dutch repertoire with the Residentie Orchestra and the Stokowski transcriptions as well as works by Korngold and Dohnanyi with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.


Discography (.PDF) 



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Ernst von Dohnányi - Orchestral Works Stokowski: Orchestral Transcriptions LOPES-GRACA, F.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (Nebolsin, Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto - Casa da Musica, Bamert)


some highlights

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Boccherini:Symphonies Nos 3, 8 and 21 Dohnanyi: Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 2 Vogler: Symphonies, Overtures and Ballets

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Leopold Mozart: Symphonies Marsh: Symphonies Nos 2, 6, 7 and 8/ Conversation Symphony Korngold: Sursum Corda/ Sinfonietta

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Rawsthorne: Piano Concertos Cannabich: Symphonies Grainger: Country Gardens etc.