At the age of 35, Diego Matheuz can already look back on an international career spanning more than a decade, conducting the world’s finest orchestras and opera houses. Named by Gramophone magazine in 2011 as one of ten "icons of tomorrow”, Diego continues to deliver on these expectations, developing an intense and diverse musical career.
Diego has toured Italy and Europe as the Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestra Mozart Bologna. In 2011, at only 27 years old, he was appointed Principal Conductor of Teatro La Fenice, where he spent the following four years. During this period he conducted various operas, symphonic concerts, and twice conducted the celebrated, internationally telecast New Year’s Concert. Meanwhile his symphonic career has seen him lead many of the world’s major ensembles including the Berlin and Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestras, Philharmonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestra Nazionale della Santa Cecilia, BBC Philharmonic and the Melbourne Symphony; where he was Principal Guest Conductor until 2016.
In the 2016/17 season, Diego conducted Rigoletto at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Il Barbiere di Sivigliaat the Berliner Staatsoper, Don Pasquale at Barcelona’s Gran Teatr del Liceu, and returned to La Fenice for La Traviata. The 17/18 season took Diego to Valencia for Madama Butterfly, a double bill of Wolf-Ferrari and Poulenc at the Teatro Regio Torino, and Adinaat the Festival Rossiniana in Pesaro. Orchestral debuts included the Orchestra Natioanle de Bordeaux, Orchestra Svizzera Italiana and the Warsaw Philharmonic.
Brought up in the renowned Venezuelan music education program known as El Sistema, Diego began as a violinist in his native Barquisimeto, and later became concertmaster of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. The legendary founder of El Sistema, José Antonio Abreu, discovered his talent for leadership and took him as a student. From an early age he also received the guidance and mentorship of Claudio Abbado. Diego Matheuz regularly returns to Venezuela, where he conducts the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, of which he is Principal Conductor.
Critics have applauded Matheuz’ elegant and refined style, full of strength and emotion, emphasizing "his almost sensual sensitivity towards the tone and the nuances of the music" and an unusual communicative ability "Diego Matheuz captures hearts and minds... ". Possessing a wide repertoire, Diego feels equally comfortable conducting Mozart or Mahler, Shostakovich or Bruckner, Rossini or Verdi, Ginastera or Márquez, and he engages in new projects and programs with enthusiasm.
“The talent and presence of Diego Matheuz, captivated the audience and the orchestra alike¨
La Repubblica, Rome
Among the renowned soloists who have performed under his baton, Diego counts Nicola Benedetti, Rudolf Buchbinder, Ray Chen, Olga Peretyatko, Pretty Yende, Nikolaj Znaider, and Pinchas Zukerman. At the ECHO Klassik awards, Diego Matheuz conducted the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, accompanying some of the outstanding prizewinners including Anna Netrebko, Martin Frost, and Andrea Bocelli. This concert was broadcast live on the German public TV channel ZDF.
2018/19 has seen Diego’s Vienna debut, conducting Rossini’s Guillaume Tell at Theater an der Wien, a series of concerts with the Orchestre National de Lille, and an invitation to conduct the Saito Kinen Orchestra at Deutsche Grammophon’s 120th Anniversary Gala in Tokyo, alongside Seiji Ozawa. Additionally, it features orchestral engagements at the RTVE Orchestra in Madrid and the Queensland Symphony, and ends with two Puccini operas – La Bohème at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon and Madama Butterfly at Florence’s Teatro del Maggio Musicale.
Diego lives in Berlin with his wife and young daughter.
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