Performance Teacher & Head of East Coast: Matheu Kieswetter

Name: Matheu Kieswetter
Role: Music & Voice Teacher, Head of East Coast
Teaches: Theatre Workshop MT, Singing, Music Box

  • MMus, Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, UK 
  • Accredited Visiting Fellow, The Julliard School of Music, New York, USA
  • BA (SocSc): Sociology, Demographics and Advanced Research Methodology, and International Relations, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • SACE Registered Educator in Creative and Performing Arts, and Music
  • Teacher Training Certificate, Education Renaissance Trust (ERT), London, UK


Matheu has a passion for social development and cultural diplomacy and in 2010 was Awarded the Ruth First Research Prize by the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand. Named as one of Mail&Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans in 2011, Matheu has since been awarded numerous accolades including being honoured in Jonathan Jansen’s book ‘Great South African Teachers’, nominated to the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, and numerous scholarship awards toward masterclasses around Europe, Asia, and the USA. Upon completing a Master of Music degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Matheu accepted an invitation as a Visiting Fellow at the Julliard School of Music in 2013.

In previous roles Matheu was Resident Conductor of the University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra and the University of Pretoria Symphonic Winds, where he also lectured orchestral conducting. Founder and Artistic Director of the Afropolitan Soloists, an all-African chamber orchestra with a conservatory approach toward professional development, and the Mandela Day Choir Festival since 2010. Between 2013-2015, Matheu was the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra Conducting Fellow and the Artistic Director of a professional development partnership between the South African National Youth Orchestras Company and the KZN Philharmonic.

As a lover of new music he has conducting several contemporary ballet and dance productions, one act operas and musical theatre productions at numerous festivals throughout the UK, and South Africa, and is currently the guest conductor of the Fukushima Sinfonietta in Japan.

In 2010 Matheu was awarded the third prize at the Achim Holub International Conducting Competition with the Kammerphilharmonie Graz in Austria, in 2011 was awarded Second Prize at the International Conducting Competition with the Orpheus Sinfonia of London, and in 2015 won the Second Prize at the prestigious Complete Beethoven Competition with the London Classical Soloists.

Matheu has conducted top orchestras around the globe, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Bulgarian State Philharmonic, The Juilliard Orchestra, the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir, Kammerphilharmonie Graz in Austria, the Orpheus Sinfonia and the London Classical Soloists in London, Oiko Musica in Germany, Fukushima Sinfonietta in Japan, and the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, South African National Youth Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestras in South Africa.

What Centre Stage class would Matheu have been in, in 1999? Theatre Workshop Acting!

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