Matthew Gee - Trombone (Photo - Bethany Clarke)
Principal trombone of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Aurora Orchestra
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, performed live on international radio 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 Rob 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.
Concerto performances include works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Buxton Orr, Derek Bourgeois, Ferdinand David, Johann Albrechtsberger and earlier this year Luciano Berio’s demanding concerto Solo in the beautiful Konzerthaus in Bern.
Matthew is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and was assistant Professor at the Hochschule der Künst, Bern, for the last few years. He is Chairman of the British Trombone Society, taking an active part in promoting the trombone, developing its repertoire and bringing it to new audiences.