The Bach Society of Minnesota is proud to announce the appointment of Matthias Maute as Artistic Director beginning June 1, 2016.
Matthias Maute has achieved an international reputation as a conductor, recorder and flute player, and as a composer. Currently based in Montréal, Matthias Maute is widely recognized for his work as artistic director and conductor of Ensemble Caprice. Known for creating and leading ingenious and captivatingly original programs, he tours extensively with the ensemble, frequently performing in prestigious festivals around the globe. He also frequently performs as member of REBEL and as guest soloist and conductor with the world’s leading baroque orchestras, including: Seattle Baroque, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, “Apollo’s Fire,” and the Magnificat Baroque Ensemble. In 2014 Maute became co- artistic director of the Montreal Baroque Festival.
He is a Bach specialist, performing cantatas, oratorios, passions, and the B minor Mass with Ensemble Caprice. As Alex Ross of the New Yorker said about Ensemble Caprice’s performance of Brandenburg Concerti+Shostakovich, “(Bach) likes what he hears.”
Since winning first prize in the soloist category at the prestigious Bruges Early Music Competition in 1990, Maute has garnered an impressive international reputation not only as a recorder and baroque flute virtuosos of his generation but also as a composer and conductor. In 2009 Maute won the JUNO Award – the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy – for Best Classical Album of the Year (Vocal or Choral Performance) for Gloria! Vivaldi’s Angels on the Analekta label. The Washington Post hailed him as one of the greatest recorder players on the North American musical scene.
Under Maute’s leadership, we are confident that the Bach Society will continue to grow and showcase world-class early music performances to increasingly wider audiences throughout Minnesota.
Maute succeeds our retiring Artistic Director, Paul Boehnke, who is completing his ninth season with the Bach Society. Under Boehnke’s outstanding leadership, the Bach Society performed concerts to critical acclaim throughout Minnesota, initiated the Bach with Friends retreat series, provided insightful commentary at concerts, and engaged students around Bach’s music.
Please join Bach Society of Minnesota in extending a warm welcome to Matthias Maute.