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Selected as a ‘Talent to Watch’ by BBC Music Magazine, and described as ‘one of Britain’s most exciting young pianists’ (Classic FM), Matthew has a growing international career, which in recent seasons has seen recitals in Europe, Ireland and North America.
He has given performances in many major venues throughout the UK, including Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room (Southbank Centre) and St Martin-in-the-Fields in London.
Recent concerto performances have included appearances with the London Mozart Players (St John’s, Smith Square, London), sinfonia ViVA (Assembly Rooms, Derby), and Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra (West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge). He has worked with numerous conductors, including Jane Glover, Peter Stark, Russell Keable, David Hill, Andrew Fardell, Stephen Cleobury and Baldur Brönnimann. He performs regularly on BBC Radio 3, and in 2005 he was featured on Classic FM’s The Guest List.
Matthew’s performances of the music of Olivier Messiaen have been met with superlative critical approval. His acclaimed solo recital at London’s Southbank Centre in 2006 confirmed his status as the pre-eminent Messiaen interpreter of his generation in Britain. Following his performances at the age of twenty of Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus in Cambridge, he was invited in 2002 to perform at the Messiaen International Conference, where Christopher Dingle of BBC Music Magazine described one solo recital as ‘a cherished memory for those privileged enough to experience it’.
During the 2008 Messiaen centenary, Matthew is involved in numerous performances of Messiaen’s music. In the UK, he has been guest soloist in performances of Trois petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine and Turangalîla-Symphonie. He will also take part in the ‘Festival Messiaen au Pays de la Meije’ in France.
Other highlights of the 2008/09 season include appearances at the Hampstead and Highgate and the Three Choirs festivals, recitals around the UK and Ireland, and performances with the London Mozart Players.
‘An excellent pianist and an excellent exponent. … Accuracy, rhythm, sonority, technique, emotion … everything is played as Messiaen wished it.’ (Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen)