Hailed as one of "Boston's best percussionists" by I Care if You Listen and "musical and deftly accomplished" by Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, Matt Sharrock is a versatile marimbist, percussionist, and conductor who tirelessly champions the music of living composers. As half of the bass clarinet/marimba duo Transient Canvas, he has premiered over 75 new works and tours extensively in the United States and abroad. Always looking for innovative ways to connect with new audiences, he melds drama and music with his solo project Narratives and rides the line between rock band and new music ensemble as a member of the Boston Percussion Group. As an orchestral percussionist, Matt has performed with some of New England’s finest ensembles, including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and the New Hampshire Music Festival.
An advocate for new music, Matt currently serves as Music Director and conductor for the Equilibrium Ensemble, a new music sinfonietta in residence with the Equilibirium Concert Series. He has performed with many of Boston's premier chamber ensembles, including the Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Sound Icon, Boston Musica Viva, Alea III, the Lydian String Quartet, and Lorelei. In addition to live performances, Matt has recorded as a soloist, chamber, and orchestra musician on BMOP/sound, Navona, New Focus Recordings, and Ravello Records.
A passionate educator, Matt is currently on faculty at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee in the music theory department in addition to teaching applied percussion at Bunker Hill and Northern Essex Community Colleges. He has presented his marimba masterclass Learning to Learn at colleges and universities throughout the US, including Rutgers, Marshall, and Northern Illinois Universities and the University of Georgia. Dedicated to working with student composers, Transient Canvas has been ensemble-in-residence with The Boston Conservatory High School Composition Intensive since 2013 and has held residencies with the composition departments at Harvard, Tufts, and Northeastern Universities, the Dancz Center for New Music at the University of Georgia, Vermont College of Fine Arts, the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and the Alba Music Festival Composition Program in Alba, Italy.
Matt holds an M.M. in Marimba Performance from The Boston Conservatory and a B.M. in Music Performance (Percussion) from Baldwin Wallace University. His primary teachers include Nancy Zeltsman and Jack Van Geem (marimba); Keith Aleo, Josh Ryan, and Sam Solomon (percussion); John Grimes (timpani), Sharan Leventhal (chamber music), and Dwight Oltman (conducting).
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