Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz is thrilled to be in his first year as Assistant Conductor of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Canton Youth Symphony. He is also Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Apotheosis Opera in New York City, with whom he has conducted fully-staged productions of Wagner’s Tannhauser, Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, and Strauss’ Capriccio. On the concert podium, he has conducted the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Litha Symphony Orchestra, and Mannes Orchestra, along with numerous ensembles he has assembled himself. The past two seasons saw him conduct performances of Vaughan Williams 2nd and 5th Symphonies, Mozart’s 20th Piano Concerto, Brahms’ Violin Concerto, Bizet’s Jeux d’Enfants, Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale,the world premiere of Faye-Ellen Silverman’s cantata A Free Pen (narrated by Broadway star Jerry Dixon), and the world premieres of Violin Concerto No. 1, Timpani Concerto, and Momentum by close friend and colleague Zach Gulaboff Davis.
Matthew received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Brown University and a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from Mannes College of Music as a student of David Hayes. While at Mannes, he was a Julius Rudel Conducting Fellow with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, where he received mentorship from Music Director JoAnn Falletta, served as assistant conductor for six subscription concerts, and was featured as a guest conductor at an educational concert. He also served as Assistant Conductor of the Mannes Opera, where he worked under Glimmerglass Opera Music Director Joseph Colaneri.
Matthew is a native of Cincinnati, where he attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts before graduating from Walnut Hills High School. He swam competitively for the Cincinnati Aquatic Club, and continues to train and compete through U.S. Masters Swimming. He is also an avid skier, runner, hiker, and devoted baseball and football fan.