Matthew Gee is making a name for himself as one of the freshest and most imaginative performers on the current scene. He maintains a strong desire to relinquish trombone playing from its stereotype and illuminate the wider public as to the beauty and terror of this misunderstood instrument.
Matthew is principal trombone with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and the Aurora Orchestra. He has played with some of the finest orchestras and chamber ensembles in the world, such as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded and appeared in film and television scores, and worked with some of the greatest conductors of this generation.
After studying Music at King’s College London and the Royal College of Music, Matthew took up the position of principal trombone with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. Since then he has held principal trombone positions with the Orquesta Filharmónica de Santiago in Chile and the Orchestra of Opera North, before starting with the RPO in January 2010.
As a soloist and chamber musician Matthew has performed internationally in some of the world’s most famous venues, including London’s Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room. He has had a number of works written for him including The Conquests of Zeus by Oliver Rudland and Circus Games by Robert Keeley, and gave the U.K. Première of Kurt Schwertsik’s Trombone Concerto at St. Johns’, Smith Square. Recent performances include the U.K. première of Elliott Carter’s Retracing V at King’s Place, in which he ‘guilded it with just the right degree of cool vibrato’ (arts desk), and Iannis Xenakis’s Keren in the Arcomis International Brass Festival. He has recently returned from the Melbourne Festival in which he performed solo works by Gustav Mahler and René Staar live on Melbourne’s ABC Classic FM. Concerto performances include works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Buxton Orr, Derek Bourgeois, Ferdinand David and earlier this year Albrechtsberger’s concerto for alto trombone and Berio’s demanding concerto Solo in the beautiful Konzerthaus in Bern.
Recently Matthew was award the Eduard Tschumi award for gaining the highest mark in the competitive soloists diploma course at the Hochschule der Künste, Bern. Matthew is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is also Chairman of the British Trombone Society, taking an active part in promoting the trombone, developing its repertoire and bringing it to new audiences. Matthew is a Getzen artist.