Recently described by 'Fanfare' magazine as 'the finest violist since William Primrose', Matthew is Senior Tutor of String Chamber Music and Professor of Viola at the Guildhall School. Equally at home as soloist or chamber musician performing classical or contemporary repertoire or improvising, recent performance venues include London’s Wigmore Hall and South Bank and a critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2008.
Matthew was a member of the Badke String Quartet when they won the 2007 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and is currently a member of Ensemble MidtVest. Born in Swansea, Wales, Matthew has recorded fourteen CDs, including three Naxos discs of Prokofiev, York Bowen and other English composers. Releases for the second half of 2013 include the premiere recording of Gordon Crosse's Viola Concerto, the complete Britten works for violin/viola and piano with pianist Annabel Thwaite for Naxos, and a disc of fully improvised live performances with Ensemble MidtVest and Grammy-winning jazz pianist Carsten Dahl.
Also a composer, mathematics graduate and teacher of the Alexander Technique and Kundalini Yoga, he gives workshops on empowering musicians and enhancing performance, clients of which have included world-renowned conductors and soloists, world champion athletes and orchestras including the New World Symphony, Melbourne Symphony and the European Union Youth Orchestra.