Matthew Lynch is Musical Director of the Orchester Lausitzer Braunkohle, Artistic Director of the Werkstattorchester, Dresden, and Musical Director of Szene12 Opera. As of 2019 he is also the conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the HTWK in Leipzig and the assistant conductor of the Saxon Wind Philharmonic, Germany’s only full-time professional wind orchestra. In recent years he has been invited as a guest conductor by This season he has made his debut with the Saxon Wind Philharmonic and will make his London opera debut in August, conducting Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha at the Grimeborn festival.
Concert highlights of recent seasons include guest conducting at the Pärnu Festicval and the Audi Sommerkonzerte and working with the Erzgebirgische Philharmonie Aue, the Neue Elbland Philharmonie, the Chineke! Junior Orchestra, and Ensemble El Perro Andaluz. Through his work with Szene12 Opera Matthew has had the opportunity to lead new productions of Puccini’s La Boheme, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Haydn’s Il Mondo della Luna in recent years and looks forward to conducting Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle later this year.
Matthew began studying conducting at the Junior RNCM in Manchester. He later founded the Leicestershire Sinfonia, an amateur orchestra based in Leicester, and gained his first experiences as an orchestral conductor. While studying at Oxford University, Matthew conducted some of the University’s finest ensembles including the Oxford String Ensemble and the Oxford University Philharmonia. He also worked as president and musical director for Oxford Opera in productions of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, as well as conducting a production of two rarely performed Holst operas, Savitri and The Wandering Scholar and Handel’s Acis and Galatea.
Matthew completed his Master’s degree in orchestral conducting with Georg Christoph Sandmann at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden in 2014 and continued his studies privately with Neil Thomson in Paris until 2016. He has since continued developing his skills as a conductor as a fellow of the Los Angeles Conducting Institute in 2016, as a scholarship holder at the Dartington International Summer School with Sian Edwards in 2017, and at the Järvi Academy with Neeme, Paavo and Kritjan Järvi in 2018.
Matthew works regularly as both an orchestral and chamber musician in Germany and the UK, most notably with the Mid-Saxony Philharmonic Orchestra in Freiberg, and with the Chineke! Orchestra in London. Matthew studied at Royal Northern College of Music Junior Department in Manchester with Helen Rimmer and with Kate Hill (Royal Academy of Music) while at Oxford University, where he recieved both a Joan Conway Scholarship for performance and the Anna Haxworth Prize for music. He has also participated in masterclasses with internationally renowned flautists such as Philippa Davies, Wissam Boustany, Peter Lloyd, and Michael Cox.
After studying orchestration with John Traill and Robert Saxton in Oxford Matthew has continued to work as an arranger and orchestrator both for his own projects and under commission. Alongside numerous wind band arrangements of operatic arias he has recently made a reduced arrangement of Puccini's La Boheme, which was very well received from audience and performers alike. Other opera arrangements include Mozart’s Don Giovanni for Szene12 (Dresden) and Scott Jopin’s Treemonisha for the Grimeborn Festival in London. Matthew also arranges for the Symphony Orchestra of India’s Chamber Orchestra, which has continued to regularly commission him over recent years.