Matthew Wood Conductor and Artistic Director

Reviews

BAM Satyagraha New York

"clarity of musical lines and delicacy of intent, especially in the disciplined hands of Australian conductor Matthew Wood, who paces everything perfectly and shapes the long, slowly changing vocal lines with flare and imagination."
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Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine

The Wall Street Journal review Satyagraha

"The performance was inviting intimate.... Matthew Wood was the adept conductor"
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Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal

Broadway World review Satyagraha

"Astounding Production of Satyagraha Lifts Philip Glass' Opera to New Heights"
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Cindy Sibilsky - BWW Opera World

New York Times Satyagraha review

"expertly played....a new appreciation for the music’s depth and sweep"
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Joshua Barone, The New York Times.

BAM Glass Satyagraha

"What one heard reaffirmed the place of this score"
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John Rockwell - Financial Times New York

Parterre Box review Satyagraha

"expertly led by conductor Matthew Wood"
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Joel Rozen - Parterre Box

Broadway World review Satyagraha

"Glass's minimalist score was given a stunning performance by Matthew Wood"
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Richard Sasanow, Broadway World

Peace and Truth in Mid-Air

"Mr. Glass' opera achieved a kind of enlightenment, the kind one does not always find in the opera house."
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Paul J. Pelkonen, Patreon

Copenhagen Satyagraha

"It should be seen, can only be sensed and not explained......An incredible production"
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www.kulturkupeen.dk

Willoughby Symphony Orchestra

Under the dynamic, precise baton of guest conductor Matthew Wood, this was a stirring, thrilling concert of enormous range and vibrancy.
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Sydney Arts Guide, Lynne Lancaster

Philip Glass Satyagraha

"...Tightly performed by the orchestra led by Matthew Wood."
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Per Feltzin, Sveriges Radio

Philip Glass Satyagraha

"... conductor Matthew Wood beautifully holds together the score..."
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Claes Wahlin, Aftonbladet

Philip Glass Satyagraha

"In the backround sits the Folkopera's orchestra, playing under Matthew Wood, with precision and confidence”
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Bo Löfvendahl, Svenska Dagbladet

Philip Glass Satyagraha

"The orchestra sits on the stage behind a transparent curtain and contribute in the highest degree to the experience under the distinguished conducting of Matthew Wood."
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Helena Lundberg, Norrköpings Tidningar

Philip Glass Satyagraha - Folkoperan Stockholm

"... The Folkopera's orchestra under the baton of Matthew Wood has obtained a perfect and natural sound……” Hanna Höglund, Expressen
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Hanna Höglund, Expressen

One of the most important and satisfying concerts in Sydney for a very long time

"David Lumsdaine (b.1931) and Nigel Butterley (b.1935) and by one of the standout composers of his generation, Elliott Gyger (b.1968) were masterfully performed by Alison Morgan, Jenny Duck-Chong and an elite group of instrumentalists expertly conducted by Matthew Wood"
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Irish Times, Dublin Copland's America Quote

Wood and the NSO tapped into Copland's American landscapes and spirit for a performance that well justified the work's immense popularity.

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Irish Times, Dublin

Irish Times, Dublin Quote

This, his debut with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, was a notable success on both technical and interpretive levels ... artfully negotiated ... the work was beautifully proportioned and the charge to the finish captured a rare sense of the impetuosity under fine control.

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Irish Times, Dublin

El Mercurio, Santiago Quote

Wood approached the third movement with compelling power, his enthusiasm matched by the musicians, resulting in a burst of spontaneous ovation... After this impressive display Wood negotiated his musicians in a seamless progression from desolation and anger to a beautiful and dramatic finale. This was an interpretation of the highest order of Tchaikovky’s Symphony No 6.

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El Mercurio, Santiago

Bournemouth Daily Echo Quote

A riveting performance ... Wood clearly signalled an evening of tuneful Tchaikovsky from a brilliant BSO.

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Bournemouth Daily Echo

Sydney Morning Herald Flair Quote

a great deal of flair ... drawing unexpected colours out of the great welter of sound.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald Quote

Matthew Wood...received support from enlightened individuals to explore the link between music and words with intelligence, subtlety and sophistication

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Sydney Morning Herald

Melbourne Age Quote

...showed responsiveness to the tenor of the central Andante, keeping its pace moving steadily, and also generating some surprises with his phrasing choices.

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The Melbourne Age

Mike Marsh Quote

Here Wood has given THE performance of his burgeoning career, exposing all the desolation and private anguish... Wood had this marked out ramping up the superbly homogenous string sections to breaking point and near silence.
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Mike Marsh, Bournemouth Daily Echo

Matthew Wood Conductor Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

"Certainly the BSO under conductor Matthew Wood were in sparkling form...."
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Mike Marsh, Bournemouth Echo

Michael Dervan Quote

Brooding intensity mustered for visiting conductor Matthew Wood ... Gorgeous sounds were a feature of Wood's conducting throughout the evening ... the orchestra sounded first rate.

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Michael Dervan, Irish Times, Dublin