Matthew Barley is passionate about education, improvisation, cross-disciplinary projects and composition. He has performed in over 50 countries, including concertos with the BBC Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Royal Scottish National, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Zagreb Soloists, Czech Philharmonic, and Melbourne and New Zealand Symphonies.
Matthew Barley’s non-classical collaborations include Amjad Ali Khan, Davud Azad, Talvin Singh, Sultan Khan and Ross Daly, appearing in venues ranging from Ronnie Scotts and the WOMAD festivals to London’s Southbank Centre. Matthew’s new music group, “Between The Notes”, has undertaken over 60 creative projects with young musicians and orchestral players around the world.
Recent engagements have included Tan Dun’s “The Map” at the Lanaudière Festival in Canada, performances with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra and Metropole Jazz Orchestra, and two residencies at Kings Palace in London. Matthew’s latest CD on Signum is a new project with Viktoria Mullova called “The Peasant Girl”, which has had rave reviews and is touring Europe in 2011/12.
Matthew’s concerto debut at the BBC Proms took place in August 2011, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ilan Volkov, in the world premiere of Thomas Larcher’s concerto for violin, cello and orchestra. Future highlights include performances at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Kronberg Cello Festival in Germany, and the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.