Conductor and cellist Mats Rondin is one of Scandinavia's most appreciated musicians and conductors. He made his debut as a cellist when he was only 16 years old and jumpstarted a career as leading soloist with returning engagements from both Swedish and international orchestras such as Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He was, together with great musicians like Natalia Gutman, Mischa Maisky and David Geringas, the only Nordic cellist who was invited to Mstislav Rostropovich's Cello Festival in Riga where he played a. o. Go"sta Nystroem's Sinfonia Concertante.
Nowadays Mats Rondin is more and more engaged as a conductor and his repertoire reaches from classical symphonies to opera, ballet, musical and crossover. He has conducted leading Scandinavian orchestras such as the Swedish Royal Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Danish Royal Chapel, A*lborg's and A*rhus' Symphony Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Stavanger's and Trondheim's Symphony Orchestra, and many more. In recent years Mats Rondin has worked with orchestras such as Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Bochumer Symphoniker, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Australia.
Amongst the most memorable concerts is the one he conducted for Crown Princess Victoria's wedding in 2010 with the Swedish Royal Symphony Orchestra, which was aired live on TV.
Both as a conductor and a cellist, Mats Rondin is frequently engaged in contemporary music productions. In the fall of 2011 he played and conducted the world premiere of Tobias Brostro"m's cello concert with Va"stera*s sinfonietta, which was written especially for him. He recently conducted the Swedish Royal Symphony Orchestra with a new composition by Paula af Malmborg Ward, and a world premiere of Kent Olofsson's Stalingrad Madonna with the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra. Other significant concerts were "Orfeus song" by Daniel Bo"rtz for cello and percussion ensemble at the Malmoe concert house. With Pitea* chamber opera he conducted the world premiere of Carl Unander-Scharin's opera "The Crystal Cabinet". In 2012 he conducted Unander-Scharin's latest work, "The Elephant Man" at the NorrlandsOperan in Umea*.
At Det Kongelige Teater in Copenhagen he led the highly appreciated dance performance "M/K Danseur Noble". Forthcoming engagements (2013/14) include Miss Saigon at Malmo" Opera.
Throughout his career, Mats Rondin has kept a strong relationship with chamber music and has played many cello recitals all over Europe. He founded the Huaro"ds Chamber Orchestra, also known as Isidor Chamber Orchestra, with some of Scandinavia's most thriving string players. With them and his own label, Isidor Records, he recorded a. o. Haydn's Cello concerto in C-major and Scho"nberg's Verkla"rte Nacht with Mats Rondin both as cellist and conductor. He also made recordings with Vanguard Classics, BIS, Naxos, Swedish Society, Caprice, Simax, and Deutsche Grammophon.
When not performing himself, Mats Rondin is a well sought cello coach and a professor at the Malmoe University College for Music since 2005. He is also a member of the Royal Music Academy.