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Classical Guitarist


"Matthew Marshall is a supremely talented guitarist - a New Zealand treasure."
-Capital Times, July 2003

Matthew Marshall is Associate Professor and Director of the Conservatorium of Music, Massey University, and is one of New Zealand's leading classical guitarists. He was second prize-winner in the 1988 Young Musician of the Year Competition and a recipient of an AGC Young Achievers Award and the UDC/Rotary Young Musicians Prize in 1989. He also won prizes in the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London in 1990 and Australia/New Zealand Foundation Awards in 1991 and 1995.

He has given recitals and master classes in England, Germany, USA, Mexico, Russia, Australia, China, Malaysia and New Zealand, and over 70 concerto performances in New Zealand, Mexico, Russia and Germany. In 2002 he appeared as soloist with the Berlin Chamber Orchestra in Germany and the Kemerovo Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia.

Matthew has been recording for Radio New Zealand since the age of 17 and has released three CDs: "Legends of Fire", "Sentimental Scenes" and "From the Madhouse" and he appears on CD with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Matthew is also an advocate for New Zealand music, with more than 40 works written for or premiered by him. In 1993 he gave the first performance of David Farquhar's Guitar Concerto (the first guitar concerto written by a New Zealand composer) in New Zealand and in Mexico. In 1998 he gave the world premiere of Anthony Ritchie's Guitar Concerto with the Auckland Philharmonia and in 2002 he gave the world premiere performance of Philip Norman's Concertino for Guitar and Strings in Russia and Patrick Shepherd's Concerto for Flute and Guitar in Germany.

In 2003 Matthew performed in recital in Germany and he toured Australia and New Zealand to critical acclaim with guitar duo partner John Couch. He also toured New Zealand with the Wellington Sinfonia Orchestra performing Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez.

Matthew studied in New Zealand and Britain with William Bower, John Mills and Gordon Crosskey and with David Leisner in the USA.

Music clip - click HERE
for one minute of Se ela Perguntar by Dilermando Reis (1916-1977)
from the 'Legends of Fire' CD