New Zealand-born Holly Mathieson is currently Assistant Conductor at the RSNO (2016-18), Resident Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Junior Orchestra, and has guest engagements across NZ, the UK and America. In the current season, these include two projects with the London Symphony Orchestra, concerts with the Kensington Symphony Orchestra, Farnborough Symphony Orchestra, Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra and Corinthian Chamber Orchestra in London, a tour with Scottish Ballet, and a trial as music director of the Illinois Philharmonic. Future projects included a commercial recording of works by John McLeod with the RSNO, and concerts with London’s Southbank Sinfonia and Salomon Orchestra.
David Danzmayr 2007 - 2010
David Danzmayer is widely regarded as one of the most talented and exciting European conductors of his generation. He originally studied at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg where he graduated with the highest honours and was supported by the John Mather Trust through a period as Assistant Conductor at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. During this time, he worked extensively in Scotland, including the Orkney based St Magnus Festival. Since then, his stellar career has seen him act as guest conductor around the globe, including for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Salzberg Chamber Philharmonic; MozarteumOrchester, Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, to name just a few. He assumed the position of Chief Conductor with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2016/17 season.
Christian Kluxen 2010 - 2013
Since completing his three-year Assistant Conductorship at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2013, sponsored by the John Mather Trust, Christian Kluxen has conducted many significant orchestras including the Gothenburg Symphony, Trondheim Symphony and RTÉ National Symphony Dublin, as well as KremerataBaltica at the prestigious Kronberg Academy Festival 2013. Born in 1981 in Copenhagen to Danish-German parents, Christian Kluxen has also gone on to be recognised with many awards, including the Arne Hammelboe Scholarship by the Danish Conductors Association; the Jacob Gade Grand Prize to fund one year’s conducting studies in New York City, and in 2011 the Bayreuth Bursary to visit the legendary summer festival. From 2010-2013 Kluxen was a member of the "Dirigentenforum" of the German Music Council, and in 2013 he was awarded the Gladsaxe Music Prize. More recently, during the 14/15 season, Kluxen held the post of Dudamel Fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and made his Amsterdam Concertgebouw debut with the Netherlands Philharmonic.
Christian Kluxen conducts with exemplary clarity and an almost celestial warmth - BerlingskeTidende, March 2016