Ville Matvejeff

Piano

Ville Matvejeff has already established himself as an exceptionally wide-ranging musician enjoying success as conductor, composer and pianist. He trained at the Sibelius Academy and Espoo Music Institute and has performed throughout Europe as well as the USA, China, Japan and Mexico.

In January 2014 he assumed the position of Chief Conductor of Jyväskylä Sinfonia and took his appointment as Artistic Director of the Turku Music Festival in September 2015. Alongside his regular work with the Croatian National Theatre Ivan Zajc, Rijeka, Matvejeff returns to the Duisburg Philharmonic this season and debuts with the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, conducting repertoire from Bach and Ravel to Britten and Ligeti.

Matvejeff has developed a broad repertoire extending from the classical right through to the 20th century and contemporary; in 2016 Matvejeff led the Tampere Philharmonic for the Tampere Biennale 30th anniversary in an all-Finnish programme featuring two world premieres. A bass-baritone with solo performances on both concert and opera stages to his credit, he is equally conversant with choral repertoire. Matvejeff is Founder of New Generation Opera; presenting ambitious and technologically innovative performances, the company appeared at the Helsinki Festival with its cutting edge production of Don Giovanni which received a nomination for the Classical:NEXT 2015 Innovation Award.

A musical polymath, Matvejeff is also a pianist and composer. He made his concert debut as pianist at the age of 18 with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under conductor Susanna Mälkki and has since toured the world in a duo recital partnership with soprano Karita Mattila. This season sees the duo embark on a recital tour including the Vienna State Opera and return visits to London’s Wigmore Hall and the Zürich Opera amongst others. As a composer, Matvejeff has recently received commissions from the Finnish Chamber Orchestra and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, for whom he wrote his Violin Concerto to celebrate the inauguration of the Helsinki Music Centre in September 2011. His passion for the human voice has led him to write a substantial amount of choral music, whereas his orchestral works Ad Astra and Cello Concerto Crossroads were recently released on the Alba label.