2024, 2018, 2017 Chamber 8, 2017, 2016, 2016 Singapore, 2015, 2015 India, 2015 Berlin Trio, 2013, 2011
“What is great about this project is that Australian musicians around the world have fantasised about it but it seemed impossible. It’s amazing that it is actually happening! I cannot wait! I can’t put in one sentence how exciting this is. It will be like a ‘show and tell’ day displaying Australia’s musical jewels.”

Matthew McDonald

Double Bass

Principal Double Bass – Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Australian Hometown: Canberra
Education: Canberra School of Music; Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra Academy

Matthew went to Berlin in 2000 as a student at the Karajan. Following this Matthew was assistant principal bass of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, principal bass of Ensemble Modern, principal bass of the Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, principal bass of the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and since 2009 principal bass of the Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra). As guest Principal bass he has played with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Matthew has given masterclasses throughout Europe and Asia and has held summer courses in Oxford, Canada and in Lisbon, Portugal.  He has played chamber music with Leonidas Kavakos, Christian Tetzlaff, Pekka Kuusisto, Jack Liebeck, Brett Dean,  Nicolas Altstaedt, Alban Gerhardt, Julian Steckel, Adrian Brendel, Till Fellner, Imogen Cooper, Radovan Vlatkovic, Radek Barborak, Mark Padmore, the Kuss Quartet, Atos Piano Trio, Ensemble 360, London Bridge ensemble, Scharoun Ensemble, Berlin Philharmonic Octett. He is a regular guest at the Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music weeks and has performed at the Lucerne festival, Zagreb Festival, Winterfest, Winchester Festival, Music at Plush Festival, Matthew also enjoys playing solo recitals with the pianists Tomoko Takahashi and Yannick Rafalimanana.

Matthew has played in most seasons of the Australian World Orchestra, including the 2015 India Tour. Matthew joined the AWO for the fifth anniversary season in 2016 which featured the AWO’s other 7 double bass players for the world premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin’s The Witching Hour, Concerto for 8 Double Basses and Orchestra.

Last updated 2018