Matthew Fletcher

Samling Artist Programme: 2012

Award winning pianist Matthew Fletcher is increasingly in demand as a recitalist, particularly of song repertoire. His performances have taken him all over the UK and Europe and he has performed at venues such as Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, the Purcell Room, National Concert Hall (Dublin), St Martin-in-the-fields, St John’s Smith Square, the Elgar Room (Royal Albert Hall), the Sage Gateshead, and the Linbury Studio (ROH). He has appeared at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Winchester Festival and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, and is director of music at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead.

Matthew also works as a repetiteur and coach. He has worked at Glyndebourne on Julian Phillips’ The Yellow Sofa (Festival and Tour 2012), Verdi’s Falstaff (Festival 2013), Donizetti’s L’elisir D’amore (Tour 2013), Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera (Festival 2014), and Verdi’s La Traviata (Tour 2014). He has worked for Raymond Gubbay Productions (Bizet Carmen) and is a founder member of Shadwell Opera, for whom he recently conducted Philip Glass’ In the Penal Colony. Matthew has worked as a vocal coach at the Royal Academy of Music, and has recently given a seminar on song accompaniment at the University of Cambridge.

Matthew studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Dussek and Pascal Nemirovsky, where he subsequently held the Hodgson Fellowship. He has won numerous awards for piano accompaniment, including Help Musicians UK prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the Maggie Teyte prize for French song, the accompaniment prize at the Maureen Lehane vocal awards, the accompanists prize at the Thelma King awards, a duo prize at the Oxford Lieder young artist platform, the ‘Brenda Webb Award’, the `Rex Stephens Award’ for Schumann lieder, the ‘Ludmilla Andrews prize’ for Russian song, the ‘Major van Someren-Godfery award’ for English Song, and the ‘Marjorie Thomas Award’ for art song. He also holds a double 1st class degree in music from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was organ scholar.

Matthew is very grateful for the support he has received for his study. He received a ‘Sir Elton John Scholarship’ to the Academy, is a recipient of the Musician’s Benevolent Fund’s ‘Sir Henry Richardson Scholarship’ and ‘Ian Fleming Charitable Trust Award’ and has been supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. He is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and a Samling Artist.