Born in Townsville, North Queensland, Matthew Rigby moved to Brisbane in 1998 to study with Elizabeth Morgan. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. During this time he won all of the performance competitions open to him including the ‘Most Promising String Player Award’, Vada Jefferies Bach Prize, Basil Jones Sonata Prize, Ronald Davis Clifford Violin Prize, Paganini Prize, as well as being the string finalist for the Brisbane Club award. In addition to these and other awards, Matthew was awarded the highest recital performance marks for strings in the conservatorium’s history.
Matthew's solo career began with an appearance with the former Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra (now Queensland Symphony) at just fifteen years of age. He has performed more than 20 Violin Concertos and has appeared as soloist in concert alongside internationally acclaimed musicians such as Slava Grigoryan, Karin Schaupp and José Carbó. He has also performed for HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to Brisbane, served as pre-tour soloist for Vadim Repin with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and has performed multiple times as soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. In 2006 Matthew was a finalist in the Symphony Australia Young Performer’s Awards in which he gave a performance of the Alban Berg Violin Concerto to critical acclaim. In the same year he received the Australian Music Examination Board’s highest award, the ‘Fellowship of Music’. In 2007 Matthew received first prizes in the Gisborne International Music Competition and the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition. In addition to these landmark performances Matthew has performed extensively as concerto soloist with numerous orchestras throughout Australia and New Zealand He has also been the recipient of many awards and scholarships including a Llewellyn Foundation Scholarship and the Hugh Brandon Memorial Scholarship from the Australian Music Examinations Board. Additionally, Matthew was shortlisted for the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Fermo, Italy and as part of the competition was invited to give a solo recital.
In 2005 Matthew travelled to Switzerland to participate in a mastercourse with renowned violinists Akiko Tatsumi and Zakhar Bron, and in 2008 spent time in Finland studying with Jaakko and Pekka Kuusisito. Throughout his career he has participated in masterclasses with many of the world’s leading violinists including Rudolph Koelman, Thomas Zehetmair, Lara St. John, Dene Olding, Tasmin Little, Mark Kaplan and Charles Castleman.
Matthew has been based in Melbourne since 2009 where he continued his studies at the Australian National Academy of Music with violin pedagogues William Hennessy and Adam Chalabi. This period saw him perform chamber music with artists such as Anthony Marwood and the Brodsky Quartet. Matthew completed his studies in 2011 and, in addition to his solo career, has regularly been performing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.