Music Director & Conductor
In the highly competitive world of symphonic conducting, few can claim the success or unique accomplishments of Dorrit Matson, now in her twentieth season as music director of the Scandia Symphony. Acclaimed for her performances of Scandinavian music, she also commands a vast repertoire of European and American masterworks in a continually expanding list of performances in concert and theater. Among an elite handful of women conductors who have won over both the musical establishment as well as the public, Ms Matson, a native of Copenhagen, Denmark, has single-handedly inspired both critics and audiences alike with her devotion to often and rarely performed works by composers as well known as Grieg, Nielsen and Sibelius, to the more obscure creations of Schierbeck, Larsson, Alfven, Hartman, and Crusell.
Dorrit Matson received her performance degree in conducting at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and a Master's Degree in Musicology from the University of Copenhagen. Her Master's Degree in Conducting was completed at the University of Miami in Florida. She perfected her conducting technique at the University of Mainz (Germany), Aspen Music School, (Colorado), Academia Musicale Chigiana (Siena, Italy), Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria), and the Ernest Read Music Association (London). Awards include a Fulbright, Denmark-America Fund, America Women's Club, Italian State Scholarship, American-Scandinavian Society, and various Danish scholarships. Ms. Matson has held conducting posts with the Royal Danish Academy of Music Orchestra; the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra; the University of Miami Orchestra; World Stage Concerts in New York, Women's Philharmonic of San Francisco; Monteverdi Opera Guild and others.
Ms. Matson's musical range also includes the standard as well as less performed works of German masters (Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler); French (Debussy, Milhaud); Slavic (Dvorak, Glinka, Shostakovich); English (Vaughn-Williams, Britten); Austrian (R.Strauss, J.Strauss); South American (Ginastera); Italian (Rossini); and American (Copland, Dello Joio, Ives). Operatic composers are a recent addition to her expanding list of performance in concert and theater with Henze (Der Landartzt), Bellini (Norma), Carmen), Donizetti (Lucia di Lammermoor), Rossini (Barber of Seville, Semiramide), Verdi (La Traviata, Nabucco), Weber (Der Freischutz) and several Mozart operas.