Matthew Gee

Currently Principal Trombone with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Matthew also enjoys a busy freelance career in London. He has played with some of the finest orchestras and chamber ensembles in the world, including the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Aurora Orchestra, recorded and appeared in film and television scores, and worked with some of the leading conductors around today. Having started the trombone at the age of seven with his local band, the Knighton Youth Brass Band. Matthew quickly became interested in orchestral music, successfully auditioning for the National Children’s Orchestra and subsequently the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. During this time he commuted to London every Saturday to attend the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama. While studying for a music degree at King's College, London, he reached the brass final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2002, achieved positions in the European Union Youth Orchestra, and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, while also playing solo and chamber recitals, including the U.K. Première of Kurt Schwetsik’s Trombone Concerto in St. Johns’, Smith Square. Matthew continued his studies with a postgraduate course at the Royal College of Music, London, and upon completion he spent nearly four years as principal trombone with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. After a short stint working in South America, he then moved to Leeds to work with Opera North in 2009. During this year he was offered the principal trombone seat in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which he started in January 2010. Since September 2011, Matthew has been studying for an MA in Specialized Performance at the Hochschule der Künst, Bern, focusing on solo trombone performance, and from September this year will be teaching in collaboration with Ian Bousfield at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Days spent without a trombone in his hand are usually spent in his kitchen baking bread, watching cricket, or finding all the water hazards on the golf course.