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Matthew McCombie (Biography)

"Passion, power, and accuracy in equal measure...

...subtle and insightful command"

Robin Gregory

British pianist Matthew McCombie is increasingly established as a versatile artist with an engaging approach to music. Matthew participates in a wide range of activities including performances as a soloist and orchestral musician, accompaniment, collaboration with composers, and educational work. As well as frequent performances in the United Kingdom, Matthew regularly travels internationally to perform for the Cunard Line, P&O Cruises, and Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.


Following a period of study with Tony Unwin in Cambridge Matthew went on to receive tuition from Philip Fowke and Douglas Finch at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London (formerly Trinity College of Music). Matthew graduated from Trinity Laban's BMus Performance course with First Class Honours and was awarded the Silver Medal for his contribution to the conservatoire as well as being selected to represent the Keyboard Faculty in the Trinity Laban Gold Medal Showcase. Matthew continued his studies with Ruth Nye MBE at the Royal College of Music, London where he graduated from the Masters Programme in Advanced Performance with Distinction.


Matthew has worked with leading conductors including Barry Wordsworth, James Judd, and Ronald Corp performing works such as Grieg's Piano Concerto, Stravinsky's Petrushka, and Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals. He has taken part in masterclasses with internationally renowned pianists such as Angela Hewitt, William Aide, Gordon Fergus-Thompson, and Peter Donohoe. Prizes and awards which Matthew has won include the John Longmire Beethoven Competition, the Alfred Kitchen Chopin Competition, the John Halford Contemporary Music Competition, the Trinity Laban Founders' Prize for Accompaniment and the Il Circolo Music Award from the Italian Cultural Institute, London. Jazz has always been one of Matthew's interests and this led him to London's Savoy Hotel where he shared the piano residency following the hotel's highly publicised multi-million pound refurbishment. Matthew regularly collaborates with composer Peter Creswell on various projects such as Creswell's oratorios "Before Pilate" and "The Prodigal Son", "The Midsummer Hare" for narrator and orchestra, and "Cathedral" for piano and narrator.

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