Matthew Schellhorn

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Born: 04 February 1977


Born in Yorkshire in 1977, Matthew Schellhorn studied in Manchester and Cambridge. His teachers included Peter Hill and Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen. He has given recitals in many major venues throughout the UK, including Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room. He has been guest soloist at several international festivals and has performed live on BBC Radio 3 and Radio France.

He is a prominent performer of new music and has given numerous territorial and world premieres. Recent commissions have included a collection of studies by Nicola LeFanu and six miniatures by Tim Watts, Michael Zev Gordon, Cecilia McDowall, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Colin Riley and Jeremy Thurlow. In 2012, he gave the world premiere of Ian Wilson’s Flags and Emblems in the Belfast Festival with the Ulster Orchestra. In 2014, Diatribe Records released Matthew Schellhorn's solo disc, Ian Wilson: Stations, the world premiere recording of a new commission by Irish composer Ian Wilson.

Matthew Schellhorn’s performances of the music of Olivier Messiaen have been met with superlative critical approval. His recent disc with the Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Messiaen: Chamber Works (Signum Classics SIGCD126), received positive reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and was awarded an AllMusic Classical Editors’ Favourite.

Matthew Schellhorn is also a successful collaborative artist. Past seasons have seen performances with the Carducci, Fitzwilliam and RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartets. He also features on Outside (Nonclassical NONCLSS013), debut album of violinist Aisha Orazbayeva, with whom he took part in the 2013 Festival de Radio France et Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon.

He is also active as a teacher, giving regular masterclasses and workshops in this country and abroad. For several years, he has taught at the University of Cambridge, where he also gives instrumental tuition and chamber to coaching to numerous students. He has been involved with various educational projects to bring the music of young composers to concert halls. He has made teaching visits to several university music departments and conservatoires and maintains a private teaching practice from his home in London.

Matthew Schellhorn is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and in 2015 was elected a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

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