Matthew Halls has made his mark as one of today’s leading young conductors, having made significant debuts in the US with the Houston Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony, and in Europe with the Tonkünstler Orchestra, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Berlin Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In 2011, he was named Artistic Director designate of the Oregon Bach Festival, set to replace founding director Helmuth Rilling following the 2013 Festival.
Halls’ eclectically designed orchestral programs span centuries, juxtaposing composers as diverse as Byrd and Britten, Gesualdo and Schoenberg. Yet, he has an avowed passion for the 19th century Germanic and 20th century British repertoires which he will be exploring in highly-anticipated returns to the Oregon Bach Festival, the Colorado Symphony, the National Symphony, RTE Dublin, and the Bergen Philharmonic in the coming season. Forthcoming North American debuts include the Seattle and Columbus Symphonies, and a two-week engagement with the Minnesota Orchestra.
His opera pedigree ranges from the Renaissance and Baroque to modern works. In addition to European and Asian engagements, he’s been a guest conductor with Colorado’s Central City Opera for three successive summers, directing a premiere of his own edition of Handel’s opera Amadigi di Gaula in 2011, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly in 2010, and Handel's Rinaldo for his 2009 debut.
He is the founding director of the Retrospect Ensemble, already in the vanguard of performance-practice groups with an annual series in London’s famed Wigmore Hall and appearances ranging from the Edinburgh International Festival to the Krakow Festival of Polish Music and a relationship with the Korean National Opera.