MATTHIAS MAUTE

Conductor

BIOGRAPHY

Matthias Maute has achieved an international reputation as conductor, recorder and flute player and as a composer. Mr. Maute is esteemed for his artistic direction of Ensemble Caprice, for whom he produces ingenious and fascinating programs. With this ensemble he regularly appears at major festivals world wide. In Canada he has performed at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Festival international du Domaine Forget and Elora Festival among others.

 

In the realm of choral and orchestral directing, Matthias Maute's focus has moved increasingly to large scale projects. His versions of Bach’s B Minor Mass, Arvo Pärts and J.S.Bach’s Magnificat and J. D. Zelenka’s Miserere were broadcast nationwide by CBC Radio 2 and Radio Canada/Espace Musique. In 2011 the Ensemble Caprice with conductor Matthias Maute were awarded an Opus Prize as "Interpret of the Year" by the Canadian Arts Council and an Opus Prize for "Concert of the Year" for their performance of the B Minor Mass. Matthias Maute has recorded G. F. Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks on CD and under his direction Ensemble Caprice was awarded the prestigious 2009 JUNO Award for "Best Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral performance" for its CD "Gloria! Vivaldi’s Angels" on the Analekta label. In September 2012 a double CD featuring Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos mixed with Preludes from op.87 by Shostakowitsch with Ensemble Caprice directed by Matthias Maute will be released.

 

Matthias Maute is a frequent guest conductor of both period and modern instrument orchestras, including I Musici de Montréal, Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), the Portland Baroque Orchestra and La Pietà (Montreal).

 

His solo career has soared since winning First Prize in the soloist category at the renowned Early Music Competition in Bruges, Belgium in 1990. He made his debut at Lincoln Center in New York in December 2008. In 2003 and 2005, he was the featured recorder soloist at the Boston Early Music Festival. Matthias Maute’s compositions hold an important place in the world of contemporary recorder music and are published by Breitkopf & Härtel, Amadeus, Moeck and Carus. Mr. Maute has made over twenty recordings on the Analekta, Vanguard Classics, Bella Musica, Dorian, Bridge and Atma Classique labels. He teaches at Université de Montréal and at McGill University in Montreal.

VIDEO

Conducting Ensemble Caprice –

"The ensemble has established itself as an immensely thoughtful and progressive force on the musical scene. A group that encourages the world to rehear the world..."

New York Times

SELECTED RESUME

Ensemble Caprice | Artistic Director

I Musici de Montréal | Guest Conductor

Apollo’s Fire | Guest Conductor

 

Portland Baroque Orchestra |

Guest Conductor

La Pietà | Guest Conductor

Matthias Maute, Conductor

ARTIST CONNECTIONS

REPERTOIRE

Opera, Orchestral & Oratorio

B minor Mass

St John Passion

St Matthew Passion

Magnificat

Motets

Orchestral Suites No.1-4

String Symphonies

Double Concerto for pianoforte, harpsichord and orchestra

The resurrection (SATB, Choir and orchestra)

Symphonies

Symphonies

Spring sonata (arranged for orchestra by M. Maute)

The 4 seasons

Symphonies

Quintets

Giulio Cesare

Alcina

Messiah

Concerti grossi

Double concerto for viola, cello and orchestra

Symphonic Dances

Symphonies

Requiem

Violin and piano concertos

The Four seasons in Buenos Aires

Verklärte Nacht

Symphonies

Symphonies

Cello concerto

Miserere

Responsorien

Bach

Bach

Bach

Bach

Bach

Bach

C. P. E. Bach

C. P. E. Bach

C. P. E. Bach

Beck

Beethoven

Beethoven

Cage

Boccherini

Boccherini

Handel

Handel

Handel

Handel

M. Maute

M. Maute

M. Maute

M. Maute

M. Maute

A. Piazzolla

Schönberg

Schubert

Schumann

Schumann

Zelenka

Zelenka

Accomplishments

AWARDS

2010

Opus Award Concert of the Year with Ensemble Caprice

Opus Award Interpretation of the Year with Ensemble Caprice

Public’s Choice Award Conseil des Arts de Montréal

2009

JUNO Award Best Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance for "Gloria! Vivaldi’s Angels"

1990

Early Music Competition First Prize: Soloist Category, Belgium

REVIEWS

Conducting Ensemble Caprice –

"...a completely winning combination of classical virtuosity and rock-star zeal and showmanship."

Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

 

"The performers around conductor Matthias Maute give their usual, and that is the best, to resurrect this atmosphere, and they succeed splendidly. This is particularly due to the gripping, sleek and pulsing interpretation that holds the listener in its spell from the beginning."

Toccata

 

"A true world of expressive gestures, colors and delicate ornaments. The pleasure of contrasting dynamics can be heard clearly."

Klassik Heute

 

"The ensemble has established itself as an immensely thoughtful and progressive force on the musical scene. A group that encourages the world to rehear the world..."

New York Times

 

"Matthias Maute and Ensemble Caprice gave an extremely vibrant and nuanced performance of this seminal work (the Mass in B minor by J. S. Bach). In short, we witnessed a sweeping away of the dust and cobwebs."

Le Soleil de Québec

 

"…the way in which Maute has conceived and structured these recordings makes use of Baroque symbolism to create the maximum effect. Groups like Ensemble Caprice are shedding new light on the masterpieces Vivaldi wrote."

Early Music America Magazine

 

“…spiritual and intense..”

The Whole Note

 

“…ecstatically beautiful…”

The Huffington Post

 

"Matthias Maute and his musicians conveyed the divine sounds of Bach with an original interpretation, reaching moments of sublime beauty."

La Scena Musicale

 

"A true world of expressive gestures, colors and delicate ornaments. The pleasure of contrasting dynamics can be heard clearly."

Klassik Heute

 

Performing "Vivaldi and the Baroque Gypsies"

"Here a masterpiece of Early music has been created. Ensemble Caprice, as well as Matthias Maute, play themselves into a veritable high of sound. Vivaldi begins to dance, to whirl, and the skirts and wigs fly – this has strength, joy of life, inspiration, depth. This is music!"

Alte Musik Aktuell

 

"Brilliantly played and excellently interpreted."

Stuttgarter Zeitung

 

"The flutes and recorders of Matthias Maute were an absolute delight."

New York Times

 

"In the Vivaldi concertos Matthias Maute performed, he displayed a rare virtuosity. With a pure, round tone he swept through Vivaldi’s rapid-fire runs, barely taking a breath. The deep expression proved that Maute may be the finest of today’s players…"

Washington Post

 

"…Recorder virtuoso Matthias Maute offered contrasting concerti by Telemann and Vivaldi, playing both of them with crackling vitality and whizzing velocity."

Boston Globe

 

 

"Antonio Vivaldi's E Minor Concerto … was performed with exuberant panache and jaw-dropping virtuosity by the amazing Matthias Maute, who is clearly poised to be early music's next breakout superstar."

The Kansas City Star

 

"Such dazzling virtuosity on the recorder leaves you in staggering daze! We wonder by which diabolical trick the flautists manage to articulate at such speed, with so much breath and energy."

Le Devoir

 

As an Arranger –

"(Matthias Maute’s) arrangements are imaginative, even powerful, and the playing is topflight."

New York Times

 

As a Composer –

“…a sweet folly that emerges out of this fascinating encounter between early music and works composed by Matthias Maute. Striking!"

Classica