Biography

Matthew Scott Rogers Conductor London. Photography by Olivia Wild Digital

British conductor Matthew Scott Rogers has recently completed four seasons on the conducting staff of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. As a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme he has conducted both the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Orchestra of Opera North on the main stage, and joined the music staff of The Royal Opera working with conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Andris Nelsons, Placido Domingo and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Engagements before joining the Programme included conducting for The Royal Ballet on the Company’s tours to Japan in summer 2016 and New York in 2015.

Upcoming highlights in 18/19 include his debut at the Southbank Centre conducting Mefistofele, Madama Butterfly at Sofia National Opera, Cosi fan tutte with the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Academy of Music, and as assistant conductor for companies such as Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Grange Park Opera. Recent engagements have included Samson et Dalila with Chelsea Opera Group, his debut at the Barbican, an opera gala with the Southbank Sinfonia, a tour to Bucharest with the BBC Concert Orchestra and as assistant conductor to Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic.

Rogers came to international attention in July 2015 when he made his Lincoln Center debut conducting the New York City Ballet Orchestra at the David H Koch theatre; this was followed by a period with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as a member of the prestigious International Conductor Development Program. Other orchestras he has conducted include the Tokyo City Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Sinfonietta, Komische Oper, Southbank Sinfonia, Estonian Festival Orchestra, Rambert Ballet Orchestra, and Winslow Hall Opera.

As Chorus Master he has worked extensively for the Croatian National Opera houses, for the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Winslow Hall Opera and Duchy Opera in the UK.

Increasingly established as a composer, he has had recent premieres by members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and upcoming commissions from the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. As an editor he completed the new versions of Giselle and Swan Lake for the ROH, and as a conductor he led both the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland PLUG and Glasgow University Sound Thought contemporary music festivals.

He is a passionate advocate of music education, having collaborated with Newham Music on their large-scale project, the Newham Philharmonic, which took a full symphony orchestra into the schools of London’s poorest borough and culminated with concerts at the Barbican. He works regularly with the Learning and Participation department at the Royal Opera House, leading conducting masterclasses and judging composition competitions.

Rogers was the youngest student admitted into the conducting class at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and prepared orchestras for leading guest conductors including Ilan Volkov, Stéphane Dèneve, Donald Runnicles and Martyn Brabbins. Having studied with Neeme and Paavo Järvi, Bernard Haitink and Yannick Nezet-Seguin, he was a member of Jorma Panula’s acclaimed class at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

As both a chorister and clarinettist, Rogers recorded for record labels including Chandos, Naxos, Doyen and DeHaske. He first read music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, before continuing at the University of Glasgow, the Sibelius Academy and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is supported by the International Opera Awards Foundation, Help Musicians UK, the Radford Trust, the John Lewis Partnership and received a Guildhall School Scholarship.