Jean-Bernard Matter, conductor

Jean-Bernard Matter was born in Metz and studied bassoon and piano accompaniment at the CNSM in Paris and conducting at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He worked together with S. Bychkov, H. Kupfer, and R. Reuter as a solo accompanist and as an assistant to B. Klobucar and G. Prêtre at the opera house in Nice. He also accepted engagements as solo accompanist and as head conductor at the opera houses of Graz and Halle, and has had been guest conductor with various orchestras in France, Italy, Eastern Europe, and Brazil. In 1994, he was appointed head conductor of the Opéra de Nice, where he not only led première performances but also conducted French orchestras such as the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, and that of Strasbourg. Matter also conducted Werther at the opera festival in Tenerife, Hoffmanns Erzählungen at the Kammeroper in Vienna, and has served as an assistant at the operas in Paris and Vienna. He has worked together with Klangforum Wien and assisted with the première performances of opera productions by Wolfgang Mitterer and Georg Friedrich Haas at the festivals of Vienna and Bregenz, and in 2007, Matter acted as personal assistant to Pierre Boulez at the Vienna Festival. Since 2008, he has been teaching on music of the present as well as leading an applied course in composing at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where he also regularly rehearses and conducts performances of 20th-century masterpieces together with students and ensembles.