Matthew Jones

Described by Fanfare’ Magazine as the finest violist since William Primrose, Matthew enjoys a diverse performing and teaching career, equally at home as soloist or chamber musician playing both violin and viola, performing classical or contemporary repertoire or giving fully improvised concerts. Recent performance venues include Londons Wigmore Hall and South Bank and a critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2008. He performs extensively with duo partner Annabel Thwaite and is a member ofEnsemble MidtVest, an innovative chamber ensemble based in Denmark whose work includes classical and contemporary performance and recordings, improvisation and collaborations with other art forms. Matthew was a member of the Badke String Quartet when they won the 2007 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

Matthew has recorded twenty-two solo and chamber CDs, including four for Naxos which include Britten: Reflections’ with pianist Annabel Thwaite, named Chamber CD of the Month by BBC Music Magazine. Matthew is Head of Chamber Music and Professor of Viola at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and director of the Pro Corda International Chamber Music Academy Intermediate Course. Prior to his appointment at the Guildhall School, he was professor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Matthew has commissioned numerous works and given many world and European premieres, and champions neglected viola works through recitals and recordings.

Born in Swansea, Matthew is also a composer, mathematics graduate and teacher of the Alexander Technique and Kundalini Yoga. In the capacity of Alexander and Yoga/Meditation teacher he has worked individually with more than 1500 musicians, and gives workshops on empowering musicians and enhancing performance, clients of which have included world-renowned conductors and soloists, world champion athletes and orchestras including the New World Symphony, Melbourne Symphony and the European Union Youth Orchestra.