Matthew Halls is the chief conductor designate of the Tampere Philharmonic. He returns to Tampere this autumn to conduct Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony before debuting with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris and continuing long-standing partnerships with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Houston Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony. Further ahead, he returns to the Wiener Symphoniker and Finnish Radio Symphony—the latter for his third project since November 2019.
Halls regularly guest conducts the Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Toronto Symphony and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra among others. Recent highlights include conducting Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony in Toronto, the U.S. premiere of James MacMillan’s Fourth Symphony with Pittsburgh Symphony (marking his second premiere of a major MacMillan work, as he previously conducted conducted the world premiere of his European Requiem) and his Chicago Symphony debut.
With a background in period-performance, Halls was one of the first to guest conduct Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s Concentus Musicus Wien. His discography includes Bach’s Harpsichord Concertos directed from the keyboard, the premiere recording of Handel’s Parnasso in Festa and Bach’s Easter and Ascension oratorios. In the theatre, his operatic credits range from Handel’s Ariodante to Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.