Matthew Gee (trombone)
François Killian (piano)
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 a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Chairman of the British Trombone Society and principal trombone with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with some of the finest orchestras and chamber ensembles in the world, such as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, For Berlioz, writing in 1844, the trombone was associated with a clear symbolic dichotomy, representing at times the heavenly, sacred and numinous, but at others the hellish, profane and phenomenal. But these characteristics have been dissolved over the centuries, and we're left with an instrument sorely misunderstood. This recording highlights these strengths by pairing works, swiftly alternating between 20th-century showpieces and19th-century songs, thus resurrecting the long-lost Jekyll and Hyde character of the solo trombone.
Folke Rabe: Basta
Franz Schubert: Nachtstück
Iannis Xenakis: Keren
Johannes Brahms: Die Mainacht
Giacinto Scelsi: Three Pieces for Trombone Solo
Daniel Schnyder: Sonata for Tenor Trombone
II. An American Ballad
III. Below Surface
Elliott Carter: Retracing V
Franz schubert: Der Zwerg
Elliott Carter: Gra
Gustav Mahler: Ich bin der Weld abhanden gekommen
Matthew is Principal Trombone with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Aurora Orchestra and the brass septet Septura. He is also on the teaching faculty at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is an active soloist.
His passion for the trombone has driven him to release three solo albums Paradiso e inferno, Matthew Gee’s Amazing Sliding Circus and most recently Schubert’s Winter Journey also on Naxos.
Matthew has performed with orchestras and ensembles all over the world, including the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,Klangforum Wein, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, theLondon Symphony Orchestra, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and has recorded and appeared in many films and television scores.
After studying Music at King’s College London and the Royal College of Music, Matthew took up the position of Section Principal trombone with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. After a brief stint with the Orquesta Filharmónica de Santiago (Chile) he then returned to the UK to join the Orchestra of Opera North. Further study saw Matthew attend the Hochschule der Künste, Bern, where he was awarded the Eduard Tschumi award for gaining the highest mark in the competitive soloists diploma course.
As a soloist Matthew has performed internationally and has had a number of works written for him, most notablyCircus Games and Trombone Sonata by Rob Keeley, and Fischietto è morto by Gary Carpenter. He gave the U.K. Première of Kurt Schwertsik’s Trombone Concerto at St. Johns’, Smith Square and is currently having a concerto written for him by Welsh composer Bernard Kane. He has performed and taken masterclasses at many festivals, including those in Melbourne, Wellington, New York, Sarajevo, Lieksa (Finland), Isla Verde (Argentina) and Beijing. Concerto performances include works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Buxton Orr, Derek Bourgeois, Ferdinand David, Johann Albrechtsberger and Luciano Berio’s demanding concerto Solo in the beautiful Konzerthaus in Bern.
He is President of the British Trombone Society and takes an active part in promoting the trombone and developing its repertoire. Matthew is a Getzen artist.
Photo: Micha Theiner Website YouTube Channel
Born in Paris in 1962, François Killian joined the class of Jean and Geneviève Doyen at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSM), aged just 15. Two year later he performed Scriabin's Piano Concerto with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
François continued his studies at the CNSM with Ventsislav Yankoff, and went on to win the first prizes for piano and chamber music in 1980. The following year he won the ARD International Piano Competition in Munich.
He left France to study at the Hochschule für Musik, Hannover, with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and passed the Konzertexamen in 1986 during which time he made many recordings with national radio stations. He was invited to play with several orchestras under the batons of Théodore Guschlbauer, Emmanuel Krivine, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Hubert Soudant and Michel Tabachnik, and has appeared at the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, the Music Festival of la Roque-d'Anthéron and Nantes (La Folle Journee), and at the Wigmore Hall in London.
In 1999 he set up the European Fine Arts Trio with Tomasz Tomaszewski, concert-master of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Pi-Chin Chien. They have recorded Paul Juon's Triple Concerto with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Krakow, and all of Beethoven's Piano Trios.