Matt began his musical education as a chorister at Lichfield Cathedral. He later studied at the Guildhall School of Music and in Paris with Pascal Moraguès.
Matt is the clarinettist of Ensemble 360, the resident chamber ensemble of Music in the Round based at the The Crucible studio theatre in Sheffield, and also holds a position as one of the Solo clarinettists in the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie (the German Chamber Orchestra).
As a soloist and chamber musician, Matthew has played at festivals and concert halls around the globe, including the Wigmore Hall, the Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Lichfield and Edinburgh Festivals, at Ivry Gitlis’ Cassis festival, the Charlottesville and Newhaven Festivals in the United States, and in Switzerland, France, Sweden, Finland, Romania, Italy, Japan, Germany, Greece, Spain and India.
His chamber music partners have included the Belcea, Elias, Arditti and Meta4 Quartets, the Kungsbacka Piano Trio, Pekka Kuusisto, Lawrence Power, Natalie Clein, Emily Beynon, Thomas Adès and Konstantin Lifschitz. Matthew is a regular participant at IMS Prussia Cove.
As an orchestral musician, Matthew has appeared as a guest solo clarinettist with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and many of Britain’s leading orchestras. Matthew has been involved in the recording of many film scores, and recorded the solo clarinet part for the films ‘Love Actually’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice’.
Matt’s 2006 recording of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet for ASV Gold with the Elias Quartet was hailed by the BBC as “a benchmark recording of the much recorded work”
Throughout the piece, the out-of-this-world clarinettist shone starlike from above – 2009 Salzburg Festival
The clarinettist played so beautifully, it was as though he wished to make the very air of the hall melt – Tokyo Times