Matthew Wilsher

When Matthew was eight years old, his mum got sick of him playing the recorder and instead asked him to try an old plastic clarinet that she’d found under her bed. Thus began a twenty year long musical journey of chamber, orchestral, solo and workshop music making. After graduating from his Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music, Matthew became an Open Academy fellow and Chamber Music Fellow with his wind quintet, Moriarty Winds. Before studying at the Academy, Matthew did Music and French at the University of Bristol, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Conservatoire, but now lives in London where he has worked with esteemed conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Sir Trevor Pinnock and Semyon Bychkov, performed with orchestras such as the London Sinfonietta and the Philharmonia, and performed in venues such as Cadogan Hall and the Royal Festival Hall. Matthew is also passionate about music education, having worked on a huge variety of projects including everything from exploring the music of outer space with toddlers at the Wigmore Hall to writing full-length operas about the Fire of London with English Touring Opera and an entire primary school in Camden. When Matthew isn’t playing the clarinet he likes to run, swim and cycle, but is yet to do his first triathlon. He also enjoys making cheesecakes.

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