Matthew made his debut
with the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and conductor Kevin Field
performing Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto at the world-renowned
Petronas Twin Towers Concert Hall in Kuala Lumpur. In 2012, he performed Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto with the Stockport
Symphony Orchestra and conductor Bob Chasey. As a result of a successful performance, he was re-invited back to play Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in 2013. In the past, Matthew performed as
a guest artist in the HSBC International Classic Piano Festival 2008 in
Malaysia, and in concerts together with the Team of Pianists, touring Western
Europe in 2002 and 2003. He has also performed in Singapore, Taiwan and at the
Tanglewood Festival in the USA.
An avid chamber
musician, Matthew performs regularly with violinist Jonathan Martindale and
other esteemed colleagues working for the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras
in Manchester, where he is now based. Jonathan and Matthew performed in a
series of recitals in Australia and a radio broadcast recording for ABC Classic
FM in 2011. Matthew is also now involved in piano trio performance projects with the Irwell Trio, with members comprising violinist Dewi Tudor Jones and cellist Doug Badger. Highlights of interesting past performances in chamber music
include Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Ruders’ De
Profundis for two pianos and percussion, and, together with the former
Estrella Piano Trio, a London premiere of John Casken’s Piano Trio.
On recordings, Matthew can be heard playing masterpieces by
Brahms, Fauré and Rautavaara on the Schimmel Artists Collection CD
[MCD346]. He has also recorded a part of the film soundtrack to “Of Time and
the City”, Terence Davies’ homage to Liverpool, which is now available
on DVD worldwide. Matthew has broadcast on ABC Classic FM (Australia), MBS FM
Network (Australia), and BBC Radio 3 (UK).
In competitions, Matthew was awarded, apart from First Prize in
the Australian National Piano Award 2004, the Special Prize ‘Best Performance
of Music Written after 1950’ specifically for his performance of Rautavaara’s “Fire
Sermon” Piano Sonata. Other significant prizes won in Australia
include the Hepzibah Menuhin Memorial Award, Margaret Sutherland Bursary,
3MBS-FM Young Performer of the Year Award and National MBS Young Performers
Award. He was the highest prizewinner of the Malaysian National Piano Festival
2000 and the first Yamaha Piano Scholarship recipient for Manchester in 2006.
An RNCM Gold Medal Finalist 2007, Matthew was awarded numerous college prizes
and bursaries during his further studies in England.