Matthew was born in 1964 and won a Music Scholarship to Queens’ College Cambridge in 1983 were he studied with Robin Holloway and conducted the University Orchestras. He later studied with Leonard Bernstein and received tuition from George Hurst and Vilem Tausky. He also received special encouragement from Robert Simpson whose music and outlook became a crucial influence in these earlier years. The success of Matthew’s 1st Symphony (1985) which was performed several times by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Bournemouth Sinfonietta led to a a continual stream of commissions and performances in the UK and abroad.
Matthew currently conducts and composes music for Farnham Sinfonia. He is a lecturer at Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey.