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Matthew began playing the flute at age 14 and started his formal studies one year later at age 15 with Lauren Ausubel. Just after beginning his studies, Matthew was named Principal Flute of the Long Island Youth Orchestra (LIYO), a position that he held for one season, which included a tour in the summer of 2009 through Canada, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland. In addition, he was a member of the LIYO Wind Quintet, which performed at many different charity and community outreach events along the tour. While studying with Ms. Ausubel, Matthew won the Jan Benson Memorial Award in the Long Island Flute Club Competition, one of the youngest to ever receive this honor.
After spending nine months in Ms. Ausubel's studio, Matthew auditioned for the Juilliard Pre-College Division and was invited to join the program under the tutelage of Dr. Bradley Garner. He regularly played in the Pre-College Orchestra either as Principal Flute or Solo Piccolo as well as performing frequently in recitals of both solo and chamber works. While studying with Dr. Garner, Matthew was named Solo Piccolo of the New York Youth Symphony, the nation's premiere youth orchestra critically acclaimed by the New York Times, a position that he held for two seasons. He was also named the Second Prize Winner of the Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition's High School Division. Matthew was awarded the Certificate of Exceptional Achievement from the Juilliard School at the completion of his studies, an award only given to ten students per graduating class. In addition, Matthew served as co-coordinator, artistic director, and performer in the monthly "Salute de la Musique" community outreach concert series held at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City.
Following his time at Juilliard, Matthew continued his studies at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, completing his Bachelor and Master of Music under Randy Bowman. Matthew was named a winner in the Yamaha Young Performing Artist competition, a highly competitive contest whose previous winners can be found in many of the nation’s leading orchestras. He was then asked by the Yamaha Corporation to give the premiere of “…on further reflection” by Glen Cortese at the 2012 National Flute Association Convention in Las Vegas, NV. Soon after, Matthew won second prize in both the 2013 South Carolina Flute Society’s Young Artist Competition and Texas Flute Society’s Myrna Brown Competition, was a quarter finalist in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, and was invited to play Martin’s Concerto for Seven Winds with the CCM Philharmonia. In 2014, Matthew won first prize in both the Houston Flute Club’s Byron Hester Memorial Competition (where he returned in 2015, giving a recital and masterclass) and the Mid-South Flute Society’s Young Artist Competition. In 2015, he was given first prize in Raleigh Flute Association's inaugural Young Artist competition. He has also received invitations to the 2013 and 2014 National Music Festival in Chestertown, MD. Matthew was an invited recitalist at the 2017 National Flute Association Convention in Minneapolis, and has performed in the Bard Music Festival for the last two summers.
Matthew is currently a member of The Orchestra Now, an orchestral training program based at Bard College's Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in the Hudson Valley. He can be frequently seen performing in many of New York's premiere concert venues. For more information, please visit The Orchestra Now.