Biography

Matthew received a first class honours degree in Music from St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where he was a Joan Conway scholar and held the Anna Haxworth Prize for Music. Having started the flute with Jon Cherry and Dana Morgan, in 2006 he was offered a place at the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Department in Manchester to study with Helen Rimmer. He has participated in classes with internationally renowned flautists such as Philippa Davies, Wissam Boustany, Peter Lloyd, and Michael Cox and has studied with teachers in Israel and Australia. While at Oxford Matthew studied with Kate Hill (flute professor at the Royal Academy of Music) and he’s now continuing his studies in Dresden.

Matthew began conducting with the Leicestershire Arts’ Flute Choir, performing his own work, “Pursuits” and soon went on to conduct the Leicester Grammar School Orchestra in another of his compositions “Portraits”. When he joined the Junior RNCM Matthew began studying with Matthew Wood (Associate Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) and started conducting the Junior RNCM flute choir. He later founded the Leicestershire Sinfonia, an amateur orchestra based in Leicester, which is now in its sixth season and continues to put on several critically acclaimed concerts each year under their new musical director, Theo Lester.

While studying at Oxford Matthew conducted some of the University’s finest ensembles including the Oxford String Ensemble and the Oxford University Philharmonia. He also worked as president and musical director for Oxford Opera, the university opera society, in productions of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. He has also conducted a production of two rarely performed Holst operas, Savitri and The Wandering Scholar with Lighthouse Productions and Handel’s Acis and Galatea with St Peter’s College Opera.

Matthew is currently studying conducting with Georg Christoph Sandmann at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden. In December 2012 he was assistant conductor with the Vacations Chamber Orchestra, where he will return in December 2013, and was recently appointed musical director of the Orchester Lausitzer Braunkohle, Hoyerswerda.

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