Colin Metters Conductor

Colin Metters

Colin Metters’ career as conductor, orchestral trainer and conducting pedagogue takes him all over the world and his wide experience affords him an enviable reputation across a broad spectrum of the music profession.

He has conducted many of the leading symphony orchestras in the United Kingdom and worked extensively abroad, guest conducting in Poland, Spain, Germany, Australia, Singapore, Venezuela, Hong Kong, Netherlands, France, Vietnam, Greece and New Zealand.

He has recorded and broadcast in the UK and abroad, recordings for BBC Radio 3 and performances recorded for television.

Colin's repertoire is wide-ranging, embracing the mainstream Classical and Romantic repertory. He is an enthusiastic champion of contemporary composers, giving many first performances and collaborating with such composers as John Harvey, John Lambert, Matthew Taylor, Augusta Reed Thomas, Leonard Salzedo, Ewen Bennett, Adam Gorb and Nicola Lefanu.

Colin was responsible for commissioning Robin Holloway’s Clarinet Concerto, conducting its world premiere in 1996 with Andrew Marriner as soloist. He has also worked with many of the leading composers of the 20th Century and received particular praise for his conducting of their works from Tippett, Lutoslawski, Henze, Richard Rodney Bennett, Robin Holloway, Paul Patterson and Messiaen. Penderecki attended a performance of his Symphony No.1 conducted by Colin and invited him to work with his own orchestra, the Krakow Philharmonic. Colin subsequently enjoyed a successful relationship with the orchestra over a number of years.

Over the past 20 years, Colin Metters has established an international reputation as one of the leading conducting pedagogues, giving master classes in Germany, Poland, Finland, Australia, Vietnam, Venezuela, China and the USA. He is currently professor of Conducting and Director of Conducting Studies at the Royal Academy of music, a course he founded in 1983 and which is now recognised internationally as one of the foremost conductor training programmes.

Colin Metters has been Music Advisor and principal Guest Conductor with the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra since 1999. In recognition of his work with the VNSO he was honoured by the Vietnamese government with their equivalent of the “Order of Merit” for his services to Vietnamese cultured development, the first time such an award has been made to a British Citizen.

Last season, Colin Metters made return visits to New York, Vietnam and Zurich plus first time visits to Toronto, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Turkey. He recently made his debut with New York City Ballet conducting Schoenberg and Stravinsky at the Lincoln Centre. In August last year he conducted two concerts with the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra at the Hanoi Opera house. Next year he returns to Germany to work with the West Saechsisches Symphony Orchestra and to direct three international conducting master classes. In December 2005 and February 2006 he again returned to New York to guest conduct for New York City Ballet. Later this year he will give further concerts and masterclasses in Turkey, Poland and Germany.

Colin Metters has been Musical Director and Principal Conductor of ESYO since its foundation in 1979 and this season celebrates 28 years with the orchestra. Colin Metters is also the Professor of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, London.