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Diego Matheuz

  • Conductor
  • Violinist


Diego Matheuz: Now well established in Italy, in October 2008 Diego Matheuz made his debut 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 forthcoming Italian debuts include Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai Torino, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala and the final concert of the Spoleto Festival in July 2010.

Outside Italy, during the 2010/11 season Diego Matheuz will debut with the Israel Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Orchestre National de Bordeaux.  In Summer 2011 he will conduct Seiji Ozawa’s Saito Kinen Orchestra in Japan and on tour in China and Europe.  He will continue to conduct the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela both in Venezuela and at the Lucerne Easter Festival in 2010.

Diego Matheuz began his conducting studies in 2005 under the tutelage of Maestro José Antonio Abreu, who has been the greatest proponent and inspiration of his career. He has enjoyed collaborations with Sir Simon Rattle, who invited him to conduct a rehearsal of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela during his visit in July 2007, and with Claudio Abbado, with whom he has worked extensively both in Caracas, Lucerne and Bologna.  He has also served as Assistant Conductor for Gustavo Dudamel on the SBNYOV on its most recent tours, as well as with the Gothenburg Symphony in Sweden.  In 2008 he worked with Pinchas Zukerman at the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and in February 2010 assisted at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, during which time he also conducted the orchestra in educational concerts.

Still based in Venezuela, Diego Matheuz’s international debut as a conductor with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela took place on March 14 2008 in the prestigious Casals Festival in Puerto Rico in the Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré.  He remains one of their concert masters and has performed as a soloist with the Miranda State Orchestra, Lara Symphony Orchestra, Jovenes Arcos de Venezuela and the UCLA Chamber Orchestra.

Born in 1984, Diego Matheuz  began his musical studies at the Jacinto Lara Music Conservatory in his hometown of Barquisimeto. He continues his violin studies in the Latin-American Violin Academy under the guidance of Maestro José Francisco del Castillo.