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 2018-2019 with The Thirteen sees fifteen performances, repertoire spanning more than half of a millennium, collaborations with REBEL Baroque Orchestra and Jeremy Filsell, and numerous world and regional premieres. Robertson will lead residencies at Hood College, St. John’s College, McDaniel College and more. Highlights of his 2018-2019 season include performances of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Duruflé’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Figure Humaine, David Lang’s the little match girl passion,and much of J.S. Bach’s oeuvre. Mr. Robertson will serve as a guest clinician throughout the East Coast and collaborate with many of the finest musicians of his generation, including members of the Metropolitan Opera, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Seraphic Fire, Apollo’s Fire, Trinity Wall Street, Opera Philadelphia, Washington National Opera and more.
During the 2017-2018 season, Robertson led performances of masterworks including Handel’s Messiahand Brahms’ Requiem, served as a presenter at ACDA’s Voices Unitedfestival, and led workshops throughout the East Coast. Additionally, Robertson 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, and serves as a board member of the Washington, DC Chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association. Additionally active as an organist, Mr. Robertson has performed throughout the United States and in Western Europe.
Photo credit: Stan Engebretson