Cello playing is at the centre of Matthew Barley’s career, while his musical world has virtually no geographical, social or stylistic boundaries.
Matthew Barley is passionate about improvisation, education, multi-genre music-making, electronics, and pioneering community programmes. He is also a world-renowned cellist, who has performed in over 50 countries, including concertos with the BBC Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Royal Scottish National, Kremerata Baltica, Vienna Radio Symphony, Netherlands Radio Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Melbourne and New Zealand Symphonies and the Metropole Jazz Orchestra.
Matthew Barley’s collaborations include Matthias Goerne, the Labèque Sisters, Víkingur Olafsson, Martin Frost, Thomas Larcher, Kit Armstrong, Amjad Ali Khan, Julian Joseph, Talvin Singh, Kathryn Tickell, Nitin Sawhney, and Jon Lord, appearing in venues ranging from Ronnie Scott’s and the WOMAD festivals to Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Zürich’s Tonhalle. Matthew’s new music group, Between The Notes, has undertaken over 60 creative projects with young musicians and orchestral players around the world.
Following successful performances of Thomas Larcher’s double concerto with violinist Viktoria Mullova, a new double concerto is planned for 2017/18, by Pascal Dusapin.
Matthew’s recordings have been released on Black Box, Signum Classics and Onyx Classics – the latter included a CD with Viktoria Mullova on which Matthew was cellist, arranger, composer and producer, The Peasant Girl, which has gained rave reviews worldwide, and is now also available on DVD.
In 2013 Matthew undertook a100-event UK tour celebrating Benjamin Britten – the tour was accompanied by a CD release, Around Britten, described by Sinfini as “a defining statement in modern cello playing”.
Following a tour to Mexico with City of London Sinfonia, he furthers his relationship with the orchestra with concerts in 2017. Matthew also forms an exciting new trio with jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock and clarinettist Julian Bliss, as well as developing a groundbreaking new project with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Indian musicians in a true blend of East and West. Other projects include the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and an artist-residency at the Kassel Music Days festival in Germany.
Matthew Barley’s website is full of information about his various activities and projects: matthewbarley.com