Mathew Forbes, cellist
Matthew Forbes has built a reputation thought the UK as a versatile and much sought-after cellist and musician. He has performed, toured and recorded with many of the country's finest ensembles including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, the English and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, the Royal, English National and Scottish Opera Orchestras, the Philharmonia, the CBSO, the Hallé and the BBC Symphony and Concert Orchestras among many others. His orchestral work has taken him through Europe, North and South America, the Arab states and the Far East.
As a chamber musician and soloist he has given many concerts including at the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room, and has been part of resident quartets at festivals and at Middlesex University. He has been guest performer on BBC's In Tune and has had several works written for him and his chamber music colleagues, most notably the accordionist Ian Watson, with whom he formed the highly successful Czardas Duo.
Matthew's teaching career spans many age levels and musical disciplines. He has been workshop leader and animateur for the London Symphony Orchestra since 2015 (as well as being composer in association for their Discovery programme) and has led many musical training sessions for orchestras and venues around the UK and further afield. He is currently a member of staff at Coventry, Warwick and Birmingham City Universities where he teaches guitar, ukulele, balalaika, harmonica, chamber music, songwriting and improvisation as well as the cello.
As a composer he has written many works in the last five years including a children's opera for the Birmingham Hippodrome, a piece for 23 live pianos for Loughborough School and the Steinway piano company, and a cello concerto for the Oxford Cello School. He is composer in residence at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, and a recent addition to the instrumental ensemble at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Away from classical music, Matthew is a busy jazz pianist (having studied at the Royal Academy of Music, alongside the cello) and also in high demand as a ceilidh musician and dance caller.