Matilda Hofman studied at Cambridge University, the Royal Academy of Music, and the Eastman School of Music, and also as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School. She has received awards from the League of American Orchestras, as well as the 2011 Thelma A. Robinson Award from the Conductors’ Guild.
Matilda is Music Director of the Diablo Symphony in Walnut Creek, California, and conductor with Empyrean Ensemble, a contemporary ensemble-in-residence at the University of California at Davis, California, where she currently lives. She also works regularly with the San Francisco-based Left Coast Chamber Ensemble with whom she recorded for the Innova label in 2011, and recently premiered Kurt Rhode’s chamber opera, Death with Interruptions. In 2014 she served as Music Director and conductor of Festival Opera’s double bill The Emperor of Atlantis and Another Sunrise. 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 worked at the Sacramento Opera, and has assisted Michael Morgan on several operas including Pagliacci, Gianni Schicchi and Il Trovatore. She has recently performed with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra and served as a guest conductor at the Sierra Summer Festival in Mammoth Lakes, and works at the San Francisco Ballet.
Matilda also conducts regularly in Europe and elsewhere. In 2011 she performed Luigi Nono’s Prometeo at the Salzburg Festival and Berliner Festspiele with Ensemble Modern, alongside Ingo Metzmacher. Subsequent performances have included the Holland Festival and the Tonhalle in Zurich, the 2015 Ruhrtriennale and the Paris Autumn Festival. Other recent guest conducting appearances include the Bochumer Symphoniker, SWR Sinfonie-Orchester Freiburg, Kammerakademie Potsdam in Germany and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Canada in their New Music Festival in a performance which was broadcast on CBC radio. Operas conducted in staged performances include Così fan tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro, Turn of the Screw, Albert Herring, Carmen, Bluebeard’s Castle, and Der Kaiser von Atlantis, as well as new works.
Matilda is very committed to education and outreach and was Music Director of an outreach orchestra while a student at the Eastman School of Music. In this position she began a program to inner-city schools, which included concerts, mentorship, and support. As Music Director of the Diablo Symphony she is initiating an education program, which includes music in schools of the Contra Costa area and family concerts.
As part of her professional training Matilda has studied with Neil Varon, Martyn Brabbins, David Zinman, Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis, and Ingo Metzmacher, and has also conducted the BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra among others.