Kyran Matthews

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2019

Genre: Jazz

Instrument/voice type: Saxophone

Location: Royal Academy of Music


Kyran completed his undergraduate studies as a classical saxophonist at the RNCM with a first class honours, a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music, and winner of both the college’s Gold Medal and Concerto competitions. Following his studies, he worked performing and teaching for a year in South Africa, returning to freelance with the BBC Philharmonic and Hallé Orchestras, premiere numerous works and perform several concertos.
Over time, Kyran’s creative focus has shifted from the world of classical music to the realm of jazz, fronting several projects and performing across Europe. Recent accolades include being named a Jazz North Ambassador Artist as the founding member of the Manchester Jazz Collective, a Jazzwise ‘One to Watch’ and guest director of the Faroe Islands Jazz Orchestra.
Outside of performance, Kyran is a passionate promoter pf new music, including founding and now co-directing Manchester’s most acclaimed jazz night, NQ Jazz. As an educator, Kyran’s students have gone on to study at some of the world’s top conservatoires and win international competitions. A keen proponent of community music, Kyran also directs a charity ensemble, which has raised over £35,000 for North-West based charitable causes, and also directs the Special Virtuosi, an orchestra for SEND musicians.
This September sees Kyran take up a Scholarship to study on the Masters course at the Royal Academy of Music, generously supported by Help Musicians UK and the RAM Bursary Scheme.