Australian saxophonist Matt Hinchliffe was born in Perth, Western Australia and has performed across Australia, Asia and Europe. Matt is an active performer both as a soloist and as a chamber musician and presents regular performances in various contexts around the world.
As a soloist, Matt has presented concertos with both the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Fremantle Symphony Orchestra and has received many awards for his solo performances such as the John Gaitskell Mensa Prize, the Lady Turner Exhibition in Music, the Bebbington Prize, the Donovan-Johnston Memorial Award and the Marcia Wertheimer Friends of the VCA Award among others. He has also been successful in numerous competitions as a soloist with accomplishments including becoming a finalist in the 2011 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards and 1st Prize in the Fremantle Concerto Competition.
As a chamber musician, Matt has been a member of numerous successful ensembles. As a member of the KHASM Saxophone Quartet, Matt embarked on an Australian tour to most major Australian cities and performed at a number of prestigious events including the Governors Recital Series in Melbourne, Australia and the 16th World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland. KHASM also received numerous awards including 1st prize in the Musical Society of Victoria Chamber Music Competition (2012), 1st prize in the University of Melbourne Chamber Music Competition (2011), the Alan C Rose Memorial Trust Award (2012) and the Athenaeum Award for Chamber Music (2011).
As a member of the Quanta Quartet, Matt presented concerts across France and embarked on a second tour of Australia to premiere four new works for saxophone quartet. During this tour, Quanta were featured as guest artists in the concert series of the New Music Studio of the University of Melbourne. Quanta were also prize-winners in the 2013 Marco Fiorindo International Chamber Music Competition in Torino, Italy.
Currently, Matt is working with halfsound, a saxophone duo specialising in the performance of new music. They have presented performances of new works across Australia, Asia and Europe and they regularly commission new works from emerging composers. Most recently, they presented a recital of contemporary works in Phnom Penh, Cambodia that was supported by the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh. They are currently preparing for a tour of Asia in 2016.
Matt is a strong advocate for modern music and as such he has commissioned many works for various ensembles by both Australian and International composers. His performances frequently feature a range of both world and regional premieres. Matt also values the importance of innovation in performance and is constantly searching for new ways to create an engaging performance experience for his audiences.
As an educator, Matt has much teaching experience both in Australia and abroad. Alongside numerous permanent positions, Matt has also been featured as a guest teacher and lecturer at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia; Simphony Music School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Toccata Studios in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and StART in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia among many others.
Matt is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, Faculty of the VCA in Melbourne, Australia. He also studied in Paris, France at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt. His past teachers include Jean-Michel Goury, Barry Cockcroft and Ian Godfrey.
These details were last updated on October 27, 2015