Matthew Kitteringham is a bassoonist from the Wirral, currently studying with Robin O'Neill as a fourth year undergraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music. Matthew is recipient of the Bundy Award and Arthur Lyons Scholarship, and in his second year he won the Florence Woodbridge Prize for bassoon.
During his studies Matthew has worked with the Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as performing regularly as principal bassoonist with the Academy Symphony Orchestra under the batons of conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, John Wilson, Oliver Knussen, Semyon Bychkov, Trevor Pinnock, and Edward Gardner. He has also performed three times with the Academy's Manson Ensemble alongside the London Sinfonietta at the Royal Festival Hall. Matthew has played as principal bassoonist with Arch Sinfonia, the University of London Symphony Orchestra, and the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist, Matthew made his international debut in 2016, performing Vivaldi's Bassoon Concerto in C Major (RV 473) in Adria, Italy, with a chamber orchestra from the Conservatorio "Antonio Buzzolla". He subsequently returned to Italy in 2017, performing Vivaldi's Bassoon Concerto in A Minor (RV 498) in Cesena and Ferrara, in collaboration with Cesena's Conservatorio "Bruno Maderna".
Matthew is also a keen chamber musician and in 2018 he performed at the Wigmore Hall in a side-by-side concert with the Nash Ensemble. He is a member of the flexi-group Ensemble Mirage, and in 2017 his woodwind quintet, Aurelia Winds, won the Nicholas Blake Prize for wind chamber music. Matthew has also played live on BBC Radio 3's In Tune, performing bassoon quartets.
In 2019, Matthew intends to enrol at the Royal Academy of Music for a Postgraduate degree on a full scholarship, and will be generously supported by Help Musicians UK.