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The distinguished career of conductor Matthias Bamert, who has served as Artistic Director of the Sapporo Symphony in Japan since April 2018, began with the Cleveland Orchestra as Resident Conductor, working alongside its Music Director Lorin Maazel. Since then, Bamert has held various positions leading such ensembles as the Swiss Radio Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony and Associate Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. .

He recently concluded a successful period of work as Music Director of the Malaysian Philharmonic. Bamert was Music Director of the London Mozart Players for seven years; in this period he developed an important series of recordings with works by Mozart's contemporaries with a total of almost 75 symphonies. In 1999 he directed this group in its 50th anniversary within the PROMS of the BBC in London, in Vienna and at the Lucerne Festival, as well as in Japan in January 2000.

He has frequently worked on various stages as well as in the recording studios with such distinguished orchestras as the Philharmonic and London Philharmonic, as well as the BBC Symphony; he performs regularly with other English ensembles such as the BBC Manchester Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony.

Outside of the UK, Bamert is invited by the world's leading orchestras such as those in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Montreal, St. Petersburg, Sydney and the NHK in Tokyo, to name a few.

He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Director of Musica Nova, the Glasgow Festival of Contemporary Music from 1985 to 1990. Bamert became recognized for his innovative programming and has conducted the world premiere of scores by Takemitsu, Casken, Macmillan, and Rihm. His enormous talent for designing highly attractive programs emerged when he was Director of the Lucerne Festival from 1992 to 1998, and was responsible for the opening of its new Concert Hall as well as instituting a new Easter Festival, one more for piano, expanded programming and increased the activities of the Festival.

A prolific recording artist, Bamert has made over eighty albums, many of which have won international awards. His recordings include twenty-four records of Mozart's Contemporaries for Chandos with the London Mozart Players, the complete Sir Hubert Parry Symphonies and five compact discs of the work of Frank Martin with the London Philharmonic, Robert Gerhard's Symphonies with the BBC Symphony, Dutch authors with the Hague Residence Orchestra and Stokowski transcriptions as well as albums dedicated to Korngold and Dohnányi with the BBC Manchester Philharmonic.

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