Matthew Andrews is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studied composition with Dr Robert Saxton, piano, and conducting technique with Alan Hazeldine. He received further tuition with conductors Christopher Adey and Peter Stark.
In demand as an orchestral trainer, Matt is a visiting conductor to the Guildhall School of Music (Junior Dept.), Wells Cathedral School Symphony Orchestra and Essex Young People's Orchestra. He directs many courses and workshops, most recently with Norfolk County Youth Orchestra.
His début with Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010 conducting Mahler's Resurrection Symphony led to Matt's immediate appointment as Principal Conductor, a post he also holds with both the Sudbury and Southend Symphony Orchestras. He is also a regular guest conductor with the Academy of St Thomas and has been de facto Artistic Director of the McKinsey Music Festival at the AlpineUniversity in Kitzbühel for eleven years.
Sought after for leading complex musical projects, Matt gave the première of Neil Yates's Surroundings for antiphonal Big Band (Manchester Jazz Festival) and in 2016 will perform Mahler's ‘Symphony of a Thousand'. He has also conducted the Northern Sinfonia, Amadeus Orchestra, Essex Youth Orchestra, North London Chorus and Opera Lab, and taught orchestral conducting technique at the Guildhall School Music.
Matt was assistant to composer Geoffrey Burgon, recording with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and the BAFTA award-winning soundtrack Longitude with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
“...it was the sheer scale of the production that most impressed - a testament to the skills of conductor Matthew Andrews - a fabulous debut for him ...More please!”
(Eastern Daily Press)