- Instrument: Clarinet
Since September 2016 Matt has studied clarinet with Timothy Lines and Barnaby Robson at the Royal College of Music as Chairman’s Scholar and Royal College of Music Foundation Scholar. Previously he studied with Anthony Bailey at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, where he was principal clarinettist of their Symphony Orchestra.
Matt was principal clarinettist of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain 2016 having been a member for 4 years, throughout that time performing at major venues including the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms), and recording for Chandos. Having been nominated by the National Youth Orchestra, Matt was awarded the Musicians’ Company Bulgin Medal for his outstanding contribution.
In 2015 Matt was awarded a place on the London Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Academy. He is currently principal clarinettist of the University of London Symphony Orchestra. He has also been awarded a place in the Britten-Pears Orchestra 2017.
In 2015 Matt became Nottingham Young Musician of the Year. He also won the RCMJD Gordon Turner Memorial Competition, and was made Carlton Male Voice Choir’s Music Maker. In 2016 he won the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain 2016 Under 19 Clarinet Competition and was finalist in the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Instrumentalist Competition. He was finalist in the RCMJD Angela Bull and the Peter Morrison Concerto Competitions (for which he received the Freda Dinn and Ida Mabbett prize). He also won the RCMJD 2016 Sally Wainwright Woodwind Prize. He was awarded both the 2016 Southwell Choral Society Bursary and the Peggy Oldham Fund Award.
Solo and chamber music performances include Spohr’s Clarinet Concerto No.4 (2013) and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto (2016) with the Orchestra of the Restoration, Bassi’s ‘Rigoletto’ Fantasy (2015) with the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra, Copland’s Clarinet Concerto (2016) with Sinfonia Silvana, and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto (2016) with the Ensemble of Southwell. He has appeared several times at the Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room – in a solo recital (2014), performing Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock (2015) and most recently playing in Schubert’s Octet (2016). In 2016 he performed in the ‘Live at Lunch’ recital series at Nottingham Theatre Royal, and was a soloist at the Wigmore Hall in the RCMJD Young Artists Showcase. In 2015 and 2016 he performed in the Young Virtuosi Festival in the South of France as soloist and chamber musician (performing Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet with the Barbican String Quartet). He also gave a recital with James Baillieu during the 2016 Southwell Music Festival.
Matt can be contacted at email@example.com.