“Throughout the piece the out-of-this-world clarinettist shone star-like from above” Salzburg Festival
‘The clarinettist played so beautifully it was as though he wished to make the very air melt” Tokyo Times
One of Europe’s leading clarinettists, Matthew Hunt is a distinctive musician, renowned for the vocal quality of his playing and his ability to communicate with audiences. Matthew enjoys an international career as both soloist and chamber musician, and currently holds the position of Solo Clarinettist of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Bremen,
As a soloist, Matthew has recently collaborated with the conductors Paavo Jarvi, Trevor Pinnock, Clemens Schuldt, Alexei Ogrintchuok and Reinhard Goebbel, and with orchestras including the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Georgian Chamber Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, the Estonian Festival Orchestra and as a guest of the Berlin Philharmoniker in their series at the Berlin Philharmonie Kammermusik Saal.
A distinguished chamber musician, his partners include the Meta4, Chiarascuro, Pavel Haas and Elias quartets, as well as Pekka Kuusisto, Alina Ibragimova, Thomas Adès, Emily Beynon, Nicholas Aldstaedt, Antoine Tamestit, Cedric Tiberghien, Steven Isserlis, Tine Thing Helseth, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Alexander Lonquich and the Jazz Pianist, Iiro Rantala. He has appeared at many of Europe’s most prestigious venues and festivals, and as far afield as Bolivia, India and China.
Plans for next season include festival appearances in Holland, Finland and America, a trio tour of China, performances of the Mozart concerto with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, concerto performances in Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Pekka Kuusisto, and performances of Magnus Lindberg’s clarinet concerto in Columbia with Andrew Gourlay.
As a recording artist Matthew has broadcast for radio and television as well as featuring on many film scores; he was the solo clarinettist on the score for the hit film ‘Love Actually’. His CD recording for the ASV label of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet was given five stars by BBC Music Magazine and acclaimed as: “the benchmark recording of this much recorded work”.