Jones, Matthew

Matthew Jones (born 1974) is a violist, violinist, and composer from the United Kingdom who is best known for his solo, recital, and chamber music performances worldwide. He is also a Viola Professor and Head of Chamber Music at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the owner of a thriving performance health consulting firm. He speaks Italian well. Jones was born in Swansea, Wales, and began playing the violin when he was five years old. After graduating with a first-class degree in mathematics from the University of Warwick, he studied violin at the Royal College of Music in London and viola privately with violist Rivka Golani. Jones is violist of the Bridge Duo (viola and piano), the Debussy Ensemble (flute, viola, and harp), and violinist with Ensemble MidtVest. He was hailed by The Strad magazine as "a worthy successor to Lionel Tertis" and won the prize for the most promising British entrant at the 2003 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. He regularly performs in prominent worldwide concert venues such as London's Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Beijing's Forbidden City Concert Hall, and New York's Carnegie Hall, where he critically praised the US recital debut in 2008.

Jones has commissioned numerous compositions and given many world and European debuts and performing concerts and recording neglected viola works. As a concerto soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Jones is a Professor of Viola and Head of Chamber Music at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was the only British-based violist invited to perform at the 2010 International Viola Congress in Cincinnati. He was also a member of the Badke String Quartet when they won the 2007 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Jones is a Professor of Viola and Head of Chamber Music at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In addition, he has presented masterclasses at Indiana University and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in the United States and Malaysia, Australia, Japan, and throughout Europe and the United Kingdom.

Jones received the RWCMD's William Walton Fellowship for the first time. In addition, he is dedicated to musical instruction for younger students via his work with Pro Corda and Aldeburgh Young Musicians. Jones acquired a particular interest in performers' well-being after recovering from a career-threatening repetitive strain injury at 23. As a result, he qualified as an Alexander Technique, Kundalini Yoga, and Performance Wellness teacher. Jones now works as a consultant to musicians worldwide, advising them on how to improve their performance using these and other techniques. World-renowned conductors and soloists, world champion athletes, and various orchestras, notably the European Union Youth Orchestra, are among his Alexander Technique students. In addition, he has given workshops and seminars on healthy practice for musicians and performance enhancement strategies at conservatoires in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States.

Viola Compositions of Matthew Jones | Animato Strings


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