Matthew Robertson, praised for his “sensitive and nuanced” conducting, is acclaimed as the driving force behind the all-star professional choir, The Thirteen, and is hailed as a leader in the field. As Founder and Artistic Director of The Thirteen, he has conducted the ensemble throughout the United States and on multiple recordings.
Robertson’s 2020-2021 season promises to be unlike any before it, with numerous live-streamed performances, including performances of Schütz’s Musikalisches Exequien, Handel’s Messiah, a staged performance of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, Monteverdi’s The “Lost” Mass, and more.
Robertson’s 2018-2020 seasons with The Thirteen saw nearly forty performances, repertoire spanning more than half of a millennium, collaborations with many of the finest instrumentalists of his generation, and world premieres by Scott Ordway, Melissa Dunphy, and Daniel Elder. Additional highlights of his 2018-2020 seasons included performances of Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Monteverdi’s The “Lost” Vespers (1641), Ordway’s The Outer Edge of Youth, Kile Smith’s The Consolation of Apollo, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Steffani’s Stabat Mater, Lang’s the little match girl passion, Poulenc’s
Figure Humaine, Duruflé’s Requiem, and much of J.S. Bach’s oeuvre including his St. John Passion. Additionally, from 2018-2020 Robertson led workshops throughout the East Coast and served on the faculty of Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute, a premiere summer institute and festival dedicated to music of the Baroque.
From 2010-2012 Robertson served as Assistant Conductor for the Westminster Symphonic Choir, conducting the choir in performance and assisting in preparation for concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, for such conductors as Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Peter Schreier, Alan Gilbert and Jacques Lacombe.
Mr. Robertson was the Robert P. Fountain Scholar at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, earning a degree in Organ Performance. While at the Oberlin Conservatory he conducted the Oberlin College Choir, College Singers, Musical Union, Conservatory Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.
Robertson received his M.Mus. in conducting from Westminster Choir College where he studied with Andrew Megill and Joe Miller. He has also worked with such luminary conductors as Norman Scribner, Stan Engebretson, Robert Spano, Joseph Flummerfelt, Gary Graden and JoAnn Falletta.
A Washington, DC native, Robertson serves as Director of Music at Bradley Hills Church, in Bethesda, MD. Additionally active as an organist, Mr. Robertson has performed throughout the United States and in Western Europe.
Photo credit: Stan Engebretson