Matt began learning the violin at the age of 10. He was classically taught by Richard Willetts in his home county of Dorset and then after 1 year he won Dorset County Council grants and was accepted on the spot into The Purcell School of Music, Middlesex. Here he received further training from the celebrated violin teacher Elspeth Iliff. Thanks to a varying taste in music and being a fan of great improvisers like Stephane Grappelli and Jimi Hendrix to name 2 sides of this broad coin, Matt decided to take a detour from his classical education! After falling in love with Irish Traditional fiddle playing several years later, Matt decided to go and live in Co. Clare, Ireland to better understand about how playing the fiddle worked. Following this Matt then moved to Paris, France in 1995 and shortly afterwards started working as a professional musician there. He toured extensively throughout Europe with a variety of bands for the next 7 years and made numerous television and radio appearances.
He returned to the UK in 2002, met and fell in love with fiddle player and his wife to be Clare Garrard. Matt now works as a recording artist from home via the internet with producers worldwide looking for that ‘something special’ in their music, teaches the violin by learning by ear and performs regularly with several different acts including the Electro-Acoustic looptastic band Elephant Talk.
He also organises and plays in events including Ceilidh dances, and finally gets involved in just about anything musical that’s appropriate for him!
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