‘Matthew clearly has a natural talent for the art of conducting. His technique is powerful and elegant, and in our private work together he continues to impress me by bringing very difficult pieces and musical excerpts to work on. I have taught many conductors through the years and Matthew is among the most talented, I enjoy working with him very much’
Described as ‘powerful and elegant’ by Neeme Järvi, Matthew Straw enjoys meaningful artistic collaborations on both sides of the Atlantic. As the new Assistant Conductor of Utah Symphony, he works with Creative Partner David Robertson and Music Director Emeritus Thierry Fischer, and will conduct the orchestra in over 70 performances during the 2023–24 season. A two-time winner of the Career Assistance Award from the Solti Foundation US, he became the youngest awardee in the history of the foundation in 2022. In addition, he received the Helen F. Whitaker Conducting Fellowship at the 2019 Aspen Conducting Academy.
As assistant conductor he has worked with Kazushi Ono and the Brussels Philharmonic and with Ilan Volkov and ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted the Des Moines Metro Opera, New World Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Salzburg Festival, and has participated in masterclasses with Stéphane Denève, Cristian Măcelaru, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Neeme and Paavo Järvi, Michael Tilson-Thomas and Robert Spano. He recently graduated from the Eastman School of Music with an MM in conducting and holds degrees in Music and Philosophy from the Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music.
- Assistant Conductor, Utah Symphony