Born in Ersigen, Switzerland.
The Swiss conductor Matthias Bamert studied music in his native Switzerland, in Darmstadt and in Paris with Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen; these associations can be detected in his own compositions from the 1970s. He was the Principal Oboist with the Salzburg Mozart Orchestra from 1965 to 1969 before turning his attention to conducting.
Matthias Bamert's conducting career began in North America as an apprentice of George Szell and later as Assistant Conductor to Leopold Stokowski and Resident Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra under Lorin Maazel. He was the Music Director of the Swiss Radio Orchestra from 1977 to 1983, before expanding his reputation across Europe.
Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish National Orchestra and director of the Glasgow contemporary music festival Musica Nova from 1985 to 1990, Matthias Bamert became known for his innovative programming. He has conducted the world premieres of works by many composers such as Takemitsu, Casken, Macmillan and Rihm. Bamert has been resident in London since 1987. His gift for imaginative programming came to the fore during his tenure as Director of the Lucerne Festival from 1992 to 1998, when he instituted a new Easter Festival, a piano festival, which expanded the programme and increased the festival's activities severalfold.
Music Director of the London Mozart Players from 1993 to 2000, Matthias Bamert has masterminded a hugely successful series of recordings with works by "Contemporaries of Mozart" which has already exceeded 50 symphonies.
Matthias Bamert is Associate Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducting subscription concerts at the Royal Festival Hall in London as well as tours in the UK and abroad.
Matthias Bamert has one of the busiest international touring schedules of any conductor. He spends several weeks of every season in North America, where recent engagements include conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony and the St Louis Symphony. He is a regular guest in the Far East and Australasia with concerts in Japan (NHK Symphony), Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia.