Matthew Straw

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‘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’

Neeme Järvi, recommendation letter

Matthew straw is the newly appointed Assistant Conductor of Opéra National du Rhin's Opera Studio (Strasbourg National Opera), where he will make his debut with Les Contes d’Hoffmann in 2025. Currently, he is Assistant Conductor of the Utah Symphony, where he works with Music Director Emeritus Thierry Fischer and Creative Partner David Robertson and has conducted over 60 concerts. In recent seasons he has conducted the Rochester Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Aspen Music Festival and Des Moines Metro Opera.

Matthew has assisted leading conductors, such as Donald Runnicles, Cristian Macelaru, and Kazushi Ono, working with the Brussels Philharmonic, ORF-Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, and Salzburg Festival.


  • Assistant Conductor, Utah Symphony 23/24
  • Assistant Conductor, Opéra National du Rhin's Opera Studio 24/25

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