• Matthew Ketteringham

    Matthew Kitteringham is a bassoonist from the Wirral, currently based in London having recently graduated with distinction from a MA degree at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM).

    Matthew began his bassoon studies with Laurence Perkins, before continuing at the RAM with Robin O'Neill and Jonathan Davies, as well as learning contrabassoon with Fraser Gordon and Simon Estell. He was awarded a Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music, in addition to the Bundy Award, Arthur Lyons Scholarship, and Paddy Purcell Award. Matthew also won the Florence Woodbridge Prize for bassoon at the RAM in his second year of undergraduate studies. He now enjoys a varied schedule of solo performance and chamber music, combined with orchestral work.

    Orchestrally, Matthew has performed with the Philharmonia, Knussen Chamber Orchestra, and Sinfonia Cymru, as well as the European Union Youth Orchestra, and is an extra with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently, Matthew is the principal bassoonist of Arch Sinfonia and performs regularly as a freelancer with orchestras such as Orpheus Sinfonia and Faust Chamber Orchestra.

    Matthew has given solo and chamber music recitals in London and around the UK, and as a soloist he made his international debut in 2016, performing Vivaldi's Bassoon Concerto in C Major (RV 473) in Adria, Italy, with a chamber orchestra from the Conservatorio "Antonio Buzzolla". He subsequently returned to Italy in 2017, performing Vivaldi's Bassoon Concerto in A Minor (RV 498) in Cesena and Ferrara in collaboration with Cesena's Conservatorio "Bruno Maderna".

    Matthew is an avid chamber musician and has played twice live on BBC Radio 3's In Tune, performing firstly bassoon quartets, and secondly wind quintets, collaborating with students from New York’s Juilliard School. He has also recorded bassoon quartets and trios for the Hyperion record label and performed at the Wigmore Hall in a side-by-side concert with the Nash Ensemble.

    Matthew is generously supported by The Sidney Perry Foundation as a Philharmonia MMSF Fellow.