Equally at home on the concert platform or in the orchestra pit, Matthew Wood is a conductor of great versatility, regularly conducting symphonic, opera, ballet and new music repertoire throughout the world, including engagements in the UK with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Ballet Covent Garden and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra where Matthew held the post of Associate Conductor.
In Australia Matthew has conducted many leading ensembles including the Melbourne, Tasmanian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and held the position of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. Matthew has also been a regular guest conductor with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Chile and the Orquesta Clasica Santa Cecilia, Madrid.
Covid cancellations throughout 2020 included returning to conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra, his debut at the Royal Swedish Opera House, Stockholm (where Matthew will return in 2022) and his debut at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris.
Known for his passion in redefining the parameters of classical music programming, Matthew is increasingly in demand as an Artistic Director and innovative programmer and in 2021 Matthew was invited to take up the post of Head of Artistic Production with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.
Matthew is a keen advocate of new music, regularly commissioning new works, including recent Australian commissions/performances of Ross Edwards, Iain Grandage, Lachlan Skipworth, Matthew Hindson, Nigel Butterley, Daniel Rojas and Elena Kats-Chernin and is regularly engaged by new music ensembles such as Halcyon.
He is also in demand as a conducting teacher and has been a regular guest lecturer and conductor at the Royal Northern College of Music where Matthew held the coveted position of Conducting Fellow. During this time he was selected to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra, as part of their conductor discovery series, and received tuition from conductors Sir Mark Elder and Sir Colin Davis.
Matthew completed his undergraduate music studies, graduating with first class honours at the University of New South Wales, majoring in composition. He then undertook postgraduate conducting studies at the Sydney Conservatorium before concentrating his studies under renowned conductor pedagogue Jorma Panula.