Dorrit Matson

New York Scandia Symphony Music Director Dorrit Matson

In the highly competitive world of symphonic conducting, few can claim the success or unique accomplishments of Dorrit Matson, a native of Copenhagen, Denmark and now in her 31st season as music director of the Scandia Symphony. Acclaimed for her performances of Scandinavian music, she also commands a vast repertoire of European and American masterworks in a continually expanding list of performances in concert and theater. Among an elite handful of women conductors who have won over both the musical establishment as well as the public, Ms. Matson has inspired both critics and audiences alike with her devotion to often as well as rarely performed works by composers as well-known as Grieg, Nielsen and Sibelius, to the more obscure creations of Schierbeck, Larsson, Alfven, Ruders and Crusell.

Dorrit Matson received her Performance Degree in Conducting at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and a Master's Degree in Musicology from the University of Copenhagen. Her Master's Degree in Instrumental Conducting was completed at the University of Miami in Florida. She perfected her conducting technique at the University of Mainz (Germany), Aspen Music School, (Colorado), Academia Musicale Chigiana (Siena, Italy), Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria), and the Ernest Read Music Association (London).

Awards include a Fulbright Exchange Scholarship, Denmark-America Fund, America Women's Club, Italian State Scholarship, American-Scandinavian Society, and most recent the “Grethe Kolbe’s Legat”, awarded by the Danish Conductors Association.

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