New Zealand-born Holly Mathieson is Assistant Conductor of the RSNO, Resident Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Junior Orchestra and founder and artistic director of the Horizont Musik-Kollektiv (Berlin). She also teaches on the performance faculty at Goldsmiths University, London. In the 2016-17 season she will be a finalist for the music directorship at Illinois Philharmonic, and debuts with the London Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
Highlights of recent seasons include holding one of the world's most prestigious fellowships for young conductors, the Leverhulme Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; a London debut as the 2015 Christine Collins Young Artist Conductor in Associate at Opera Holland Park to critical acclaim; working as assistant conductor with Opera North, Garsington Opera and Longborough Festival Opera; work with Opus Orchestra and Dunedin Symphony Orchestra; and making the finals in the competition for assistant conductor, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
In the past, she has assisted Esa-Pekka Salonen and Christoph von Dohnanyi at the Philharmonia Orchestra (London), Donald Runnicles at the BBCSSO, and Marin Alsop at the BBC Proms. 2013 saw success in being chosen as one of four young conductors from around the world to participate in the Interaktion Dirigentenwerkstatt des Kritischen Orchesters with players from the Berlin Philharmonic and other German orchestras, and a place as one of Dartington International Summer School's advanced conducting fellows. She was immediately reinvited to Dartington in 2014 as a guest conductor.
Awards for Holly's work include a 2013 Professional Development Grant from Creative NZ, the 2012 AMP Regional Scholarship from Roost Mortgages, the 2009 Patronage Award from Adrienne, Lady Stewart and the NZ Arts Foundation, and the Elman Poole Travelling Scholarship (2006). Holly was named a Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellow in 2008. She was also given a high commendation in the 2013 Taki Concordia Fellowship. in 2016, Zonta NZ named her as one of New Zealand's Top 50 Women of Achievement.