Matthew will be our soloist in February 2017, playing Bruch’s Kol Nidrei.
Matthew Strover, born in Upminster, began learning the cello at an early age before progressing to the Junior Royal Academy of Music at fifteen as a student of Bozidar Vukotic. As a junior cellist, Matthew had much success in local competitions, winning many prizes.
An experienced orchestral player, Matthew was a member of the St. Endellion 58th Summer Festival Orchestra in 2016. He has appeared as Principal Cellist in various student orchestras and performed in the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra under John Wilson, Sir Roger Norrington and Bernard Haitink. He has performed in prestigious London venues such the Wigmore Hall, St. Martin in the Fields and Cadogan Hall, and has toured Europe with orchestras on a number of occasions.
Matthew’s soloist appearances have included regular concerti with Havering Concert Orchestra since 2010 and further engagements with HCO and Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra planned for 2017. Chamber music highlights have included a duo recital with eminent pianist Kathron Sturrock, performances at the Southbank Centre with TrinityGold cello ensemble led by international cellist Alexander Ivashkin and, most recently, a series of concerts in Maldon, Chelmsford and Colchester with the newly-formed Tanzanite Piano Trio.
After four years studying with Natalia Pavlutskaya at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, Matthew graduated in 2013 with First Class Honours and the Silver Medal for string playing. In 2015 he completed a Master of Performance degree with Orchestral Specialism under Alexander Chaushian at the Royal College of Music.