Since joining the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010, Matthew has become increasingly busy as principle trombone with the RPO, the Aurora Orchestra and the brass septet Septura, in addition to teaching at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and solo work.
His passion for the trombone has driven him to release two solo albums Paradiso e inferno, and Matthew Gee’s Amazing Sliding Circus. Both of these concept recordings address commonly held stereotypes surrounding the instrument, with the aim being to assist the wider music-loving public to appreciate the beauty, expressiveness, and flexibility of an instrument often overlooked.
He has played with orchestras and ensembles all over the world, from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Klangforum Wein in Austria to the Orquesta Filharmónica de Santiago in Chile, and has recorded and appeared in many films and television scores while working with some of the greatest musicians and conductors of his generation.
After studying Music at King’s College London and the Royal College of Music, Matthew took up the position of Section Principal trombone with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. A brief stint in Chile followed before leaving Santiago to join the Orchestra of Opera North.
As a soloist Matthew has performed internationally and has had a number of works written for him, most notably The Conquests of Zeus by Oliver Rudland, Circus Games and Sonata by Rob Keeley, and Fischietto è morto by Gary Carpenter. He gave the U.K. Première of Kurt Schwertsik’s Trombone Concerto at St. Johns’, Smith Square and is currently having a concerto written for him by Welsh composer Bernard Kane. He has performed and taken masterclasses at festivals all over the world, including those in Melbourne, Wellington (NZ), New York, Sarajevo, Lieksa (Finland), Isla Verde (Argentina) and Beijing. Concerto performances include works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Buxton Orr, Derek Bourgeois, Ferdinand David, Albrechtsberger and Luciano Berio’s demanding concerto Solo in the beautiful Konzerthaus in Bern.
Further study saw Matthew go to the Hochschule der Künste, Bern, where he was awarded the Eduard Tschumi award for gaining the highest mark in the competitive soloists diploma course. He now teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is also Vice President of the British Trombone Society, taking an active part in promoting the trombone, developing its repertoire and audience. Matthew is a Getzen artist.
Matthew has been part of the teaching faculty of London’s Royal Academy of Music in 2012. He dedicates an ever-increasing amount of time to trombone students and their education through one-to-one teaching, masterclasses and clinics. Trombone pedagogy forms an important part of his own study and he strives to develop this part of his portfolio over the future. He is regularly invited to brass festivals across the world to teach and inspire the next generation of young brass players, in places such as Melbourne, Wellington (NZ), New York, Sarajevo, Finland, Argentina and China.