Biography

Matthew Scott Rogers Conductor London. Photography by Olivia Wild Digital

British conductor Matthew Scott Rogers joins the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House from the start of the 2016/17 Season. In his first Season he will conduct the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in the Young Artists’ Summer Performance, work as assistant conductor with The Royal Ballet on La Fille mal gardée, Anastasia, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Mayerling, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude/Tarantella/Strapless/New Liam Scarlett and The Dream/Symphonic Variations/Marguerite and Armand and join the music staff of The Royal Opera for Les Enfants Terribles, La traviata, Otello and Madama Butterfly. Engagements before joining the Programme included conducting The Royal Ballet on the Company’s tours to Japan in summer 2016 and New York in 2015.

Other conducting engagements in the 16/17 season include Samson et Dalila with Chelsea Opera Group at Cadogan Hall, the final round of the London International Guitar Competition at Milton Court, Newham Philharmonic at LSO St Luke’s, and a tour to Bucharest with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

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, New York. In August 2015 he conducted the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as a member of the prestigious Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program. Other recent highlights have included the Newham Philharmonic at The Barbican, La Traviata and Lucia di Lammermoor with Winslow Hall Opera, Così fan tutte for Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Charles Coleman’s Violin Concerto for the Pärnu Music Festival (European premiere), and concerts in Estonia with VU-Orkest Amsterdam and Estonian National Youth Orchestra. For The Royal Ballet he has joined the conducting staff for Giselle, Romeo and Juliet and Age of Anxiety/Sinfonia da Requiem.

Orchestras he has conducted include the Tokyo City Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Rambert Ballet Orchestra, and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Symphony Orchestra. He is an accomplished conductor of new music, and has conducted for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland PLUG and Glasgow University Sound Thought contemporary music festivals. 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. He has additionally worked with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and John Eliot Gardiner.

Rogers studied conducting with Neeme and Paavo Järvi, Bernard Haitink and Christopher Seaman. He was a member of Jorma Panula’s acclaimed class at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and twice received the John Lewis Partnership Scholarship for conducting studies with Neil Thomson.

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 held a Guildhall School Scholarship and was supported by the Radford Trust.