MATTHEW MCDONALD – DOUBLE BASS

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“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.”

SCHOOL

Born and educated in Canberra, studying with Max McBride at the Canberra School of Music.

STUDY

Matthew continued studying with Kees Boersma (AWO), Klaus Stoll at the Karajan Academy (the orchestral academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), and Esko Laine at the Hocschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, where he studied for Konzertexamen (soloists diploma).

CURRENT

Principal Bass of the Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra).

Matthew is a professor of bass at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, teacher at the Karajan Academy, and visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music London.

BIOGRAPHY

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 Orford, 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 also played in all season of the Australian World Orchestra, including the 2015 India Tour. Matthew again joins the AWO for our fifth anniversary season 2016 and features with 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.