MATTHEW VINCENT, Concertmaster
Violinist Matthew Vincent began his musical studies at age seven and made his first public appearance at New York’s Steinway Hall at the age of nine. During his formative years, Matthew was exposed to musical opportunities that would eventually convince him to abandon all other interests for the sake of pursuing his passion – the violin. A truly gifted performer with musical versatility, Matthew is praised for his singularly beautiful tone and wonderful vibrato.
Matthew has made several solo appearances, and has participated in numerous orchestras, chamber groups, competitions and festivals in North America, Europe and the Far East. Of particular note, Matthew recently performed with noted cellist Misha Quint at Carnegie Hall as part of the InterHarmony Internationales Musik-Festival. Matthew also performed the Dvorak Piano Quintet with world-renowned pianist Jon Nakamatsu at the Aloha International Piano Festival. Other esteemed music festivals include the Cambridge String Academy, Festival del Sole in Napa Valley, California, Viva Vivaldi Festival in Mexico City, and Mimir Chamber Music Festival in Fort Worth, Texas.
While advancing his academic studies, Matthew was most fervent in his musical pursuits. During his undergraduate and graduate studies where he performed with each university’s symphony, Matthew was a violinist with the Las Colinas Symphony, Dallas, Texas. While in high school, he not only served as concertmaster of his school’s symphony, he also served as concertmaster of the Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra of California, performing under the baton of founder Ernst Katz. Matthew performed alongside dozens of celebrities including Pat Boone, Dick Van Dyke, Florence Henderson, Flea, Bryan Cranston and Mickey Rooney. During his tenure, the Santa Monica Orchestra was hailed as the nation’s best high school orchestra.
Since 2010, Matthew has been studying privately with celebrated violinist, Endre Granat, a protégé of the incomparable Jascha Heifetz. He has also studied privately with several eminent violinists including Arkady Fomin, Henry Gronnier and Vesselin Demirev.
Matthew holds a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University under the tutelage of Danwen Jiang. He received his Bachelor of Music and Arts degrees from SMU, where his primary teacher was former Dallas Symphony concertmaster Emanuel Borok.