Ed Matthew, clarinetist
Ed Matthew has served as guest-principal clarinetist with Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque, Pacific MusicWorks, the American Classical Orchestra, Clarion Music Society, ARTEK, and Musica Angelica. He has performed with Apollo's Fire, Opera Lafayette, REBEL, Seraphic Fire/the Sebastians, the Staunton Music Festival , Boston Baroque, Handel & Haydn Society, Concert Royal, Arcadia Players, and other period groups. He is a member of the Grenser Trio, Bläser Band, the Pit Stop Players, The New York Clarinet Quartet, and other East Coast ensembles.
On modern clarinet and woodwinds, he is in the orchestra of the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera. He was a member of the Broadway orchestras for the revival of Meredith Willson's The Music Man and for the Lincoln Center premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s Parade, as well as the off-Broadway Fermat's Last Tango by Joshua Rosenblum. His recording of Passages, a clarinet concerto by Gary William Friedman, is on the 150Music label. He can also be heard on the RCA Victor, Original Cast Records, PS Classics, and Naxos labels. He was a founding member of Arizona's award-winning wind quintet Quintessence.
By day he is a member of the Promotion Department at one of America's most venerable music publishing houses, G. Schirmer and Associated Music Publishers.
photo by Jim Thoma