Music Director

Matthew Oberstein

Matthew Oberstein is very happy to be in his fifth season as Music Director and Conductor of the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey.  Under his leadership, the Philharmonic has soared to new heights of performance and record-breaking concert attendance.  PSNJ concert seasons now include a Holiday Pops program that sells out annually, pre-concert talks, commissions, and composer residencies.  The Philharmonic’s offerings have been expanded to reach local schools, veterans and senior organizations, and the greater South Jersey community at large.

In addition to leading the Philharmonic, Matthew is Principal Conductor of the Artemis Chamber Ensemble.  In June 2016, he concluded an eight-year tenure as Principal Guest Conductor of the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, and previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Regina Opera. Mr. Oberstein was in residence with the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2009 Salzburg Festival as winner of the Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors.  In 2012, he assisted the American Symphony Orchestra in its 50th anniversary performance of Mahler 8 at Carnegie Hall.  Other recent engagements have included collaborations with the Kronos Quartet, Westchester Philharmonic, Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina, South Shore Symphony, Riverside Orchestra, New Rochelle Opera, SYREN Modern Dance, and Purchase Dance Corps.

Mr. Oberstein has served as assistant to conductor Jane Glover in performances by the Chicago Opera Theatre at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and at The Performing Arts Center at PurchaseCollege. He is founder and conductor of the Purchase Chamber Orchestra and Purchase Pops, and recently returned to his alma mater as guest conductor of the Purchase Chorus. He is a recipient of the 2005 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and the Purchase College President’s Award for Achievement. He was awarded the Tilles Scholar Award by the TillesCenter for the Performing Arts and the Special Conductor’s Award at the C.W. Post Chamber Music Festival.

Mr. Oberstein has participated in master classes and workshops with such notable conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, Donald Thulean, Daniel Lewis, John Farrer, Neil Thompson, Larry Rachleff and Harold Farberman. His principal teachers have been Mark Stringer, Yuji Yuasa, Miriam Burns, Michael Adelson, Scott Jackson Wiley and the late Jesse Levine; piano studies with Stephanie Brown.  His graduate and undergraduate studies were completed at Purchase College, State University of New York, with a postgraduate diploma from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.