Matilda Hofman – Music Director & Conductor

Matilda Hofman

Matilda Hofman has a busy and varied conducting schedule both in California and abroad. She conducts many groups in the Bay Area, including as principal conductor with Empyrean Ensemble and Music Director of the Diablo Symphony in Walnut Creek. She has guest-conducted at the Sierra Summer Festival and works as assistant conductor at Sacramento Opera. In 2014, she served as Music Director and conductor of Festival Opera’s The Emperor of Atlantis. Reviews described her conducting as “taut and finely controlled” (San Francisco Gate), and as giving “a striking sense of purpose” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Matilda has also performed and recorded with Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, with whom she will be premiering a new opera by Kurt Rhode in 2015.

Matilda has always been a keen advocate of new music. In Germany, Matilda has conducted Ensemble Modern, in performances of Luigi Nono’s Prometeo alongside Ingo Metzmacher at the 2011 Salzburg Festival, and alongside Arturo Tamayo in the 2011 Berliner Festpiele at the Philharmonie. In 2014 she performed the same work with SWR Sinfonie-orchester and Ensemble Recherche and at the Holland Festival and the Tonhalle, Zurich. Matilda will return to conduct the SWR Sinfonie-Orchester next year. Other orchestras Matilda has guest conducted include the Winnipeg Symphony orchestra in their New Music Festival, and Kammerakademie Potsdam.

Matilda is a champion of arts education and as Music Director of the DSO strives to make symphonic music available to as many people as possible. She has initiated family concerts, music to schools and other outreach initiatives.

Matilda studied at the University of Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Eastman School of Music, and also as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. Her conducting mentors have included Martyn Brabbins, Neil Varon, Michael Morgan, David Zinman, Kurt Masur and Sir Colin Davis. She holds awards from the Conductors’ Guild of America and the League of American orchestras.