Matthew Manchester is one of Australia's leading performers and teachers of early music. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) with Honours, a Master of Music (Performance) and a PhD from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Matthew plays a variety of early wind and brass instruments, most notably cornetto and baroque trumpet. His discography includes dozens of recordings in the UK and Australia, and he has performed with local and international ensembles including the Gabrieli Consort, His Majesty’s Sagbutts & Cornetts, Pinchgut Opera & The Orchestra of the Antipodes, Van Diemen’s Band, Bach Akademie Australia, the Muffat Collective, and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, with whom he has appeared as soloist and guest conductor.
Matthew is a passionate advocate for music education. In addition to lecturing at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, he is the Director of the acclaimed Fort Street Instrumental Music Program, conductor of the NSW Schools Symphonic Wind Orchestra, and is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician.