Now well established in Italy, in October 2008 Diego Matheuz made his début with Claudio Abbado’s Orchestra Mozart in Bologna. A year later he was appointed their Principal Guest Conductor. In September 2009 he joined the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia as replacement for their Music Director, Antonio Pappano, on tour in Milan, Turin and Lucerne. He continues a close relationship with both these orchestras with regular appearances during coming seasons in Rome, Bologna, Ferrara and elsewhere in Italy. Other Italian débuts have included Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai Torino, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala and the final concert of the Spoleto Festival in July 2010.
In October 2010 Diego Matheuz made his professional opera début conducting Rigoletto at Teatro la Fenice and he undertook further performances in Venice and Reggio Emilia during Spring 2011 as well as several concerts. In September 2011 he was appointed their Principal Conductor and will conduct two operas and several concerts a season in Venice starting with La traviata and La bohčme.
Outside Italy, highlights of the 2010/11 season for Diego Matheuz featured performances in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, in Berlin with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala on tour and with Frankfurt Radio, Stockholm Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In Summer 2011 he conducted Seiji Ozawa’s Saito Kinen Orchestra in Japan and on tour in China.
During the 2011/12 season Diego Matheuz makes début appearances in London, Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, Germany, Spain, Australia and Canada with orchestras including the Philharmonia, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Hamburg Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Melbourne Symphony and National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. In Italy, he returns to the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia as well as continuing his regular engagements with Orchestra Mozart. In November 2011 he toured with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela in Italy and on 1 January 2012 he directed the prestigious New Year concert at Teatro la Fenice, broadcast live on RAI television.
Born in 1984, Matheuz began his violin studies in his hometown of Barquisimeto before moving to Caracas. Still based in Venezuela, his international début as a conductor took place with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela on 14th March 2008 in the prestigious Casals Festival in Puerto Rico.