Nicol Matt, Conductor

Photo: Jim Graham

Nicol Matt is one of Germany’s few conductors from the new generation enjoying an international reputation. He is conductor of the Chamber Choir of Europe (which, until spring 2002, bore the name Nordic Chamber Choir). Since 2001, he has also conducted the amadeus-choir. These two choirs have given numerous concerts around the world.

Nicol Matt regularly receives invitations to perform at established concert series such as the Rheingau Music Festival, the SWR Festival and the MDR Musical Summer - a reflection of the undivided praise accorded his high artistic standards by the press. Extensive concert and production activities as a guest conductor have brought him together with many prestigious orchestras both inside and outside Germany.

Alongside the intensive work with his own ensembles, the Chamber Choir of Europe and the European Chamber Soloists, Nicol Matt always finds time to work together with soloists from leading radio orchestras such as the SWR Sinfonieorchester StuttgartNDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg or the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, as well as to become involved in interesting crossover projects, for example with the actors Mathieu Carrière, Daniela Ziegler, Dieter Laser and Christine Kaufmann.

His active co-operation with contemporary composers from Germany, England and the USA – including Morten Lauridsen, Bob Chilcott, John Rutter, Hans Schanderl, Frank Zabel - shows just how open he is to everything new as well as his desire to round off his artistic profile.

Besides him conducting the Chamber Choir of Europe, Nicol Matt also holds lectures in Choir direction at the Internationaler Arbeitskreis für Musik e.V. (IAM) in Kassel. Various tour have led him to the USA, to Canada, Belgium, France, Greece and the Netherlands. Matt studied Protestant Church Music at the State Conservatory of Music in Trossingen and Choir Direction with Professor Manfred Schreier. He then continued his studies in the subject Voice at the State Conservatory for Musik and Visual Arts in Stuttgart with Professor Thomas Pfeiffer. He also studied Coaching and Song Accompaniment at the Conservatory in Strasbourg with Professor Charles Schwarz and attended master-classes for Choir Direction with Frieder Bernius and Eric Ericson.

Matt has conducted close to one hundred albums for labels such as Brilliant Classics, Bayer Records, ARS Produktion, Hänssler Classics and Dabringhaus & Grimm. These recordings are diverse ranging from highly demanding vocal and choral albums to orchestral and instrumental works, and document his sophistication as an artist and show him to be a man of many skills. He has an impressively broad and varied repertoire at his command. Worldwide sales of over eight million CD’s testify to the demand for his highly-regarded interpretations. He has also recorded for radio and television.