MARK HERON

Mark Heron is a Scottish conductor known for dynamic and well-rehearsed performances across a wide range of repertoire.

As guest conductor he has appeared with the, BBC Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Psappha, Meininger Hofkapelle, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia, Pori Sinfonietta, St Petersburg Festival Orchestra and many more. He is the music director of the Nottingham Philharmonic and University of Manchester Symphony Orchestras, and conductor laureate of the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra.

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A MIX OF ESTABLISHED PROFESSIONALS,  FAMILIAR FACES AND NEW, EXCITING TALENTS :  WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH ALL OF THEM

CONDUCTORS

EWA STRUSINSKA

Born in Poland, Ewa Strusinska studied at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and later as Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

She was the first female assistant conductor of a UK orchestra at the Hallé and has worked with a number of orchestras here and abroad including as Principal Conductor and Music Director of the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra where she wasinternationally acclaimed as one of the principal architects of the transformation of the  Orchestra, leading its  players to scale new artistic heights amid the sensational acoustics of the multi award winning Szczecin Philharmonic Hall.


She has been given the title ‘Ambassador of Stalowa Wola’ by her home town. The accolade recognises an individual’s personal achievements in Poland and abroad.

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MATTHEW WOOD

Equally at home on the concert platform or in the orchestra pit, Matthew Wood is one of Australia’s most versatile and successful conductors who now shares his time between Australia and the United Kingdom .


In the UK Matthew works with many leading orchestras including the Philharmonia, RLPO, BBC Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and at the Royal Ballet Covent Garden. He held the position of Associate Conductor with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for three years


Matthew returned to Australia to become Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra.  He has conducted many of Australia’s other leading ensembles.

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WYN DAVIES

Wyn Davies was born in South Wales and has worked with a wide range of opera companies, orchestras, theatre companiest. He has been Director of Music to New Zealand Opera since 2005.

Wyn has worked with the Hallé Orchestra (and returned for concerts each year since 2007), the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Millennium Concert) and other British ensembles, as well as with orchestras from Serbia to New Zealand.

Recent projects include a revival of Don Giovanni and La Cenerentola for New Zealand Opera .

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ROBERT CHASEY

Robert Chasey has a wealth of orchestral experience.  He has played under many great conductors including Sir Georg Solti, Kurt Sanderling and Günther Herbig, but it was when he led the orchestra at the Institute of Advanced Musical Studies in Montreux under Rudolf Kempe that he was inspired to take up the baton.  

Robert was for 33 years Principal Second Violin of the BBC Philharmonic and was previously co-leader of the orchestra of the Royal Ballet.  He is Artistic Director of the Bolton Symphony Orchestra and also works with North Staffordshire, Chester and Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestras.

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PETER STARK

Peter Stark is Professor of Conducting at the Royal College of Music. His acclaimed courses in conducting have taken him across the world and his reputation as a teacher is renowned.

Peter’s growing media profile includes his appointment as series consultant to the popular BBC television series ‘Maestro’ and regular screen appearances as a mentor. Peter has since made live ‘Maestro’ webcam commentaries for the BBC Proms and a subsequent TV series.

Whilst having performed with ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenement  Peter fosters a hunger to work with any orchestra that plays with spirit and enthusiasm.

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SERGEJ BOLKHOVETS

St Petersburg-born Sergej Bolkhovets is Junior Fellow in Conducting at the RNCM.  As violinist, Sergej has performed concertos with various orchestras and during his studies in Berlin he played as a guest in the Berlin Philharmonic and Berlin Radio Orchestra.  In 2006 and 2007 Sergej was invited to perform with members of the Berlin Philharmonic in chamber orchestra concerts in Spain and Italy. He has played as concertmaster in several orchestras, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Royal Swedish Opera.

Sergej has now turned his considerable musical talents to conducting  and SSO looks forward to working with him in the June concert featuring two major Russian pieces.

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