British musician Matt Scott Rogers 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. As a composer this season's premieres include in the Royal Opera House and New York.
In March 2019 he conducted the first performance of Boito’s Mefistofele at the Southbank Centre to critical acclaim:
“…conducted with missionary zeal by an alumnus of the RO’s young artists’ programme, Matthew Scott Rogers galvanised both the orchestra and chorus…" (Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times)
“Rogers had the measure of the work’s complexities, and his interpretation had lyrical warmth and dramatic cogency” (Tim Ashley, The Guardian).
In the 2019/20 season he will join the music staff of Danish National Opera for The Handmaid's Tale, and returns to the Royal Opera House (La Boheme), Grange Park Opera (La Gioconda & La Boheme), Winslow Hall Opera (Aida), and the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra (Don Giovanni).
Rogers came to international attention in July 2015 when he made his Lincoln Center debut conducting the New York City Ballet Orchestra. 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 Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Orchestra of Opera North, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Tokyo City Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony, Dubrovnik Symphony, Berlin Sinfonietta, Southbank Sinfonia and the Estonian Festival Orchestra. As assistant he has worked with Marc Minkowski, Andris Nelsons, Antonio Pappano, the BBC Concert Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski at the London Philharmonic. He conducted for the Royal Ballet on their summer tours in 2015 and 2016 and as Chorus Master worked extensively for the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Winslow Hall Opera and the Tonbridge Philharmonic.
Writing from his studio in Cornwall, Rogers is rapidly establishing a reputation as an exciting young composer. In 2018 his Scarpia Tänze was premiered by members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, followed by a short set of songs for the acclaimed soprano Jennifer Davis. For 2020 new works include a song drama for countertenor Patrick Terry in Crush Room recital series at the Royal Opera House, and an instrumental work for the unveiling of 130 William in New York. Future commissions include a full-scale opera and a gallery-based multimedia installation. He has recently been appointed to the composition faculty of Falmouth University.
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 has worked with the Learning and Participation department at the Royal Opera House, hosting a YouTube series instructing teachers in conducting technique and adjudicating school-age composition competitions.
Rogers studied composition with Brian Elias, conducting with Neeme and Paavo Järvi, and was a member of Jorma Panula’s acclaimed class at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. 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 was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and is a 2019 Churchill Fellow.
Matt Scott Rogers is kindly supported by the International Opera Awards Foundation, Help Musicians UK, the Radford Trust, the John Lewis Partnership and received a Guildhall School Scholarship.