Holly Mathieson was named Resident Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Junior Orchestra in 2015, after two sell-out concerts and 5-star reviews as guest conductor in 2014/15. She is founder and Artistic Director of the Horizont Musik-Kollektiv (Berlin), and recently joined the performance faculty at Goldsmiths University, London. This season, she works as assistant conductor with Opera North (L'elisir d'amore) and Longborough Festival Opera (Tannhäuser), and returns to NZ for concerts with St Matthew Chamber Orchestra, Opus Orchestra and Dunedin Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2016-17 season she will be a finalist for the music directorship at Illinois Philharmonic. Previously, Holly was the Leverhulme Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, assisting Donald Runnicles at the BBCSSO. She also debuted in London as the 2015 Christine Collins Young Artist Conductor in Associate at Opera Holland Park to critical acclaim, and has assisted Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marin Alsop and Christoph von Dohnanyi.