Gary Matthewman

“…the pianist was a scene-stealer … Matthewman’s keyboard accompaniments came across like a musical cardiograph, tracing the fluctuations of mood and feeling with pinpoint accuracy.”
Andrew Clark, Financial Times

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Gary Matthewman is one of the UK’s leading song pianists. A regular artist at Wigmore Hall, other appearances include New York’s Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre and halls in Prague, Lucerne, Basel, Lisbon, Washington, Toronto, São Paulo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney. His UK Festival appearances include the Aldeburgh, Buxton, Glyndebourne, Leeds Lieder and Oxford Lieder Festivals.

Recital partners include Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Joyce DiDonato, Sir Thomas Allen, Sumi Jo, Nuccia Focile, Mark Padmore, Ailyn Perèz, Dimitri Platanias, Sylvia Schwartz, Kate Lindsey, Markus Werba, Kate Royal, Andrei Bondarenko, Louise Alder, Adam Plachetka, Benjamin Appl, Sarah-Jane Brandon and Roderick Williams. Gary has made numerous live broadcasts and recordings for BBC Radio 3, and his recent recording of Schubert’s ‘Winterreise’ with Matthew Rose received widespread critical acclaim, featuring as Gramophone Magazine’s Recording of the Month and BBC Radio 3’s Disc of the Week.

He is Professor of Vocal Repertoire at the Royal College of Music, and song coach for the Jette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.


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    SCHUBERT 'Winterreise'

    Label: Stone Records

    Release Date: 26 Feb 13

    Gramophone Magazine's Recording of the Month and BBC Radio 3's Disc of the Week

    Bass: Matthew Rose
    Piano: Gary Matthewman

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    08 Dec 17 Andrei Bondarenko Recital
    Carnegie Hall

    “British collaborative pianist Gary Matthewman showed both imagination and good taste in programming … Matthewman throughout played with silken tone, a good dynamic palette and a keen rhythmic sense. He will surely visit Carnegie again.”
    David Shengold, Opera News Online, March 2018

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    “[Louise Alder] was partnered by the excellent Gary Matthewman, originally scheduled for Bondarenko but a frequent Alder collaborator. It’s impossible to convey the sheer sense of enjoyment Matthewman expressed in this programme. He is more than just an attentive accompanist, relishing the virtuosic opportunities in Liszt’s Three Petrarch Sonnets, grinning impishly in Debussy’s naughty Au clair de la lune quotation in the introduction to Pierrot. I’ve rarely seen a pianist have such fun in a song recital.”
    Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 23 July 2017

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    29 Mar 16 Recital with Ailyn Pérez - 29 March 2016
    Santa Fe Desert Chorale

    “[The] opening set, comprising five songs by Schubert, was distinguished principally by lovely playing from Gary Matthewman, the evening’s pianist. His balanced touch brought elegant shading to the murmuring 16th-notes of ‘Gretchen am Spinnrade’ and his incisive attacks added drama to ‘Die junge Nonne’ — but not enough to obscure how distant Schubert lay from the sensibilities of the soprano”
    Santa Fe New Mexican, 1 April 2016 

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    15 Apr 14 Recital with Markus Werba
    Wigmore Hall

    “…the pianist was a scene-stealer …Where it really did steal the attention was in Matthewman’s keyboard accompaniments, which came across like a musical cardiograph, tracing the fluctuations of mood and feeling with pinpoint accuracy. The prelude and postlude to each song were invariably scene-stealers. Matthewman is a name new to me, but if this recital is any gauge of his potential, I have a feeling we are going to hear a lot more of him.”
    Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 16 April 2014

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    01 Feb 13 SCHUBERT Winterreise
    CD, Stone Records

    “Rose and Matthewman, while in full, expressive form, convey that sense of being utterly wrung out.”
    Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 10th February 2013

    “This Winterreise is beautifully put together in every way: interpretation, recording, liner notes, artwork.”
    BBC Music Magazine, 2013

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    09 Jan 13 Recital with Louise Alder
    Purcell Room, London

    “There was also a seriously accomplished recital duo…pianist Gary Matthewman – who are clearly going places and made a big impression…”
    Michael White, The Telegraph, 9 January 2013

    “…and Gary Matthewman acquitted themselves with such distinction…”
    Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 8 January 2013

    “…Gary Matthewman further confirmed the wise choice of artists…a tactful and sensitive accompanist but not lacking either presence or character.”
    Colin Anderson,, 7 January 2013

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    12 Sep 12 Recital with Roderick Williams
    Wigmore Hall

    “Matthewman was equally mesmerising, with a deft touch which at once supported and complemented the vocal line and allowed the piano to sing out the melodic lines when the music required…the set closed with Rastlose Liebe. Published in 1821 and based on a text by Goethe, this showcased the accomplished virtuosity of Matthewman…”
    Emily Owen, Bachtrack, 14 September 2012