Matthew Gee is making a name for himself as one of the freshest and most imaginative trombone players on the current scene. He maintains a strong desire to relinquish trombone playing from its stereotype and illuminate the wider music-loving public as to the beauty and expressiveness of this often overlooked instrument.
Matthew is principal trombone of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), the Aurora Orchestra and the UK brass septet Septura. He has played with orchestras and ensembles all over the world, such as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Klangforum Wein, recorded and appeared in many films and television scores, and worked 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 principal trombone with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. Since then he has held principal trombone positions with the Orquesta Filharmónica de Santiago (Chile) and the Orchestra of Opera North, before joining the RPO in January 2010.
As a soloist and chamber musician Matthew has performed internationally and has had a number of works written for him, including The Conquests of Zeus by Oliver Rudland, Circus Games and Sonata by Robert Keeley, and Fischietto è morto by Gary Carpenter.
He gave the U.K. Premières of Kurt Schwertsik’s Trombone Concerto at St. Johns’, Smith Square. Other 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.
His second solo CD is being prepared for release in February 2018, which follows on from his critically acclaimed debut album Paradiso e inferno. Both of these concept recordings are acutely focused on challenging commonly held stereotypes which surround the instrument, developing audiences and aiding their understanding and appreciation of the instrument.
Further study saw Matthew awarded the Eduard Tschumi award for gaining the highest mark in the competitive soloists diploma course at the Hochschule der Künste, in Bern. He teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is also Chairman 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.