Bamert, Matthias, Swiss conductor and composer; b. Ersigen, July 5, 1942. He studied in Bern, Zurich, Darmstadt, Salzburg, and Paris, his principal composition teachers being Rivier and Boulez. He was first oboist of the Salzburg Mozarteum Orch. (1965–69), and then was asst. conductor to Stokowski with the American Sym. Orch. of N.Y. (1970–71). He received the first George Szell Memorial Award, joining the conducting staff of the Cleveland Orch. in 1971. From 1977 to 1983 he was music director of the Swiss Radio Orch. in Basel, and then was principal guest conductor of the Scottish National Orch. in Glasgow (1985–90). From 1992 to 1998 he was artistic director of the Lucerne Music Festival, and from 1993 to 2000 he was music director of the London Mozart Players.
Concertino for English Horn, Piano, and String Orch. (1966); Septuria Lunaris for Orch. (1970); Rheology for String Orch. (1970); Mantrajana for Orch. (1971); Once Upon an Orch. for Narrator, 12 Dancers, and Orch. (1975); Ol-Okun for String Orch. (1976); Keepsake for Orch. (1979); Circus Parade for Narrator and Orch. (1979); Snapshots for Orch. (1989).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire