Born in 1996, Joseph Matthews has been playing the trumpet since the age of nine. He completed his undergraduate degree in music at Manchester University, graduating in 2019, before going on to study a postgraduate degree at The Royal Academy of Music where he will be studying under the tutelage of the Head of Brass, Mark David.
He has previously been taught by Lewis Gibbs, Cameron Todd and Jamie Prophet, Principal Trumpet of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
Before university, Joe was a member of the Sutton Music Service, participating in many of their ensembles including the symphony and wind orchestras; it was here he received his first ensemble music training.
As well as performing extensively with established orchestras around Manchester and London during his studies, Joe has also co-founded his own orchestra (the Symphonia Verbum Orchestra) with another student at Manchester University. Joe performed his own orchestral arrangement of Ignat Leonov’s 'Trumpet Concerto' with the orchestra in November 2018, the first performance of the work in the UK and world premiere of the orchestral version. Other solo performance highlights include performing 'Quiet City' (Copland) with the Manchester University String Orchestra in February 2019 and Vivaldi’s 'Concerto for Two Trumpets in C Major' in November 2012 with the Sutton Youth Symphony Orchestra. As an avid solo performer, Joe has also partaken in competitions, most recently the Yamaha Foundation of Europe Scholarship 2019 Competition, in which he got through to the final in February 2019.
In the future, Joe wishes to perform more trumpet concertos from the Soviet era/Eastern Europe as these are not particularly well-known in the UK and he believes they are of high quality and should be more famous.
In addition to solo performance, Joe wishes to be an orchestral player, building on his current performance successes.
Whilst he is lucky enough to have received a scholarship to study at The Royal Academy of Music, Joe is grateful to be supported by Help Musicians UK as one of their Postgraduate Award holders.