Maestro Ville Matvejeff, 2018 Zinka Milanov Competiton Jury Member, has just been announced as the new Artistic Director of the Savonlinna Opera Festival.
Congratulations to maestro Matvejeff! We are all looking forward to his upcoming concert Super gala concert with maestro Boemi and prominent singers Yusif Eyvazov, Kristina Kolar, Lucio Gallo and Rossana Rinaldi in the Rijeka Theatre, on the 5th April 2018.
Ville Matvejeff has already established himself as an exceptionally wide-ranging musician enjoying success as conductor, composer and pianist. He holds the positions of Chief Conductor of Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Artistic Director of the Turku Music Festival and Principal Guest Conductor of the Croatian National Theatre Ivan Zajc. Recent orchestral debuts include the Duisburg Philharmonic, Estonian National Symphony, Lahti Symphony and Sonderjylland Symphony Orchestras. Matvejeff conducts a diversity of opera repertoire ranging from Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” and Aribert “Reimann’s “Lear“ to contemporary productions such as Kimmo Hakola’s “Akseli” with Jorma Hynninen in the title role, and Mikko Heiniö’s Eerik XIV. Recent opera highlights include the world premiere of Aulis Sallinen’s “Castle in the Water” at the Savonlinna Opera Festival and performances in Rijeka of “Werther” and “Faust”, which was also recorded for Decca. Matvejeff has previously held positions at the Malmö Opera and the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, as well as working as assistant with conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen and Leif Segerstam. A musical polymath, Matvejeff trained at the Sibelius Academy and Espoo Music Institute and is also a pianist and composer. He made his concert debut as pianist at the age of 18 with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under conductor Susanna Mälkki and has since toured the world in a recital partnership with soprano Karita Mattila.