Matilda Hofman – Music Director & Conductor

Matilda Hofman

Matilda Hofman has a varied and busy conducting schedule in California and Europe. In Europe she has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Berliner Festspiele, Holland Festival, Ruhrtriennale, Luzern Festival, Paris Autumn Festival, and at the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Matilda has worked with Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Recherche, SWR Sinfonie-orchester, Bochumer Symponiker and Kammerakdemie Potsdam. She has performed alongside Maestro Ingo Metzmacher in many performances of Luigi Nono’s Prometeo. In 2018 she was on the faculty for the soundSCAPE new music festival in Italy. Matilda works with both instrumental and choral groups, and prepared Chorwerk Ruhr for their tremendously successful debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in MusikFest Berlin, with George Benjamin conducting.

Reviews have described Matilda’s conducting as “taut and finely controlled” (San Francisco Gate), and as giving “a striking sense of purpose” (San Francisco Classical Voice). In California Hofman is Music Director of the Diablo Symphony Orchestra and co-artistic director and member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, as well as conductor in residence for Empyrean Ensemble at UC Davis. She has premiered many works, including several operas. Matilda also serves as a cover conductor for the San Francisco Symphony.

Guest engagements in California include Festival Opera, the Fremont Symphony Orchestra, Sierra Summer Festival, San Francisco Ballet, Sacramento Ballet and Earplay. She has also worked at Sacramento Opera, and has assisted Michael Morgan on several operas including Pagliacci, Gianni Schicchi and Il Trovatore. Operas conducted in staged performances include Così fan tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro, Turn of the Screw, Albert Herring, Carmen, Bluebeard’s Castle, Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Acis and Galatea as well as new works.

Hofman serves on the faculty at UC Davis, and has also served as director of the Early Music Ensemble. During her tenure with EME she performed a highly successful St John’s Passion, an ambitious undertaking for the group. In the Fall 2019 and 2021 Matilda was a resident artist at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, working and performing with the Contemporary Music Ensemble, Sinfonietta and the Opera.

Matilda is very committed to education and outreach. As Music Director of the Diablo Symphony, she initiated an education program that includes outreach ensembles that take music to schools in the Contra Costa area, family concerts, and an instrument drive.

Hofman holds degrees from Cambridge University, the Royal Academy of Music (viola performance), and the Eastman School of Music (conducting), and has served as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Her mentors include Ingo Metzmacher, Martyn Brabbins and Neil Varon. She studied viola with Garfield Jackson, Martin Outram and Tatiana Masurenko. She has received awards from the League of American Orchestras and the Conductors Guild of America.