Matthew Coorey

Matthew Coorey began his conducting career in 2003 when he was appointed Assistant Conductor to Gerard Schwarz and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. This initial one-year contract with the RLPO then became a three-year commitment when he was appointed the orchestra’s first Conductor in Residence.

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Debuts soon followed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the Hallé, Ensemble 10:10 and the London Mozart Players – all ensembles from whom he received re-invitations.

More recent appearances include debuts with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra as well as return engagements with the National Orchestra of Ireland, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the RLPO.

Future highlights include return engagements with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the Palestine National Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Matthew began his musical career as a horn-player and after studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music he performed regularly with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Brandenburg Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony.

Initially self-taught as a conductor Matthew auditioned for Seiji Ozawa and was invited to the Tanglewood Music Festival where he worked with Jorma Panula who then became his principal conducting teacher. For two years, Matthew was Junior Fellow in Conducting - under Sir Mark Elder - at the Royal Northern College of Music. He was a finalist in the Maazel-Vilar Conducting Competition, a fellow of the Allianz International Conductors’ Academy and a prize-winner at the Georg Solti Conducting Competition. He has collaborated with artists such as Sarah Chang, Freddy Kempff, Steven Osborne and Yevgeny Sudbin and has recorded for Classic FM and Naxos Records.

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