Matthew Horsley is a Melbourne-based multi-instrumentalist and composer. Hailing from Brisbane, he received a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Dr Vanessa Tomlinson. In 2009 he relocated to Melbourne and has completed a Master of Music Performance (by Research) at the Victorian College of the Arts as the recipient of a Melbourne Research Scholarship. His teachers have included Vanessa Tomlinson, Peter Neville, Alex Pertout, Kevin March and Graeme Leak.
Matthew has an avid interest in Irish traditional music, specialising in the uilleann piping. His first uilleann piping album, Australian Waters, was released in 2015. As the recipient of a JUMP Mentoring grant, he traveled to Ireland in 2014 where he studied with renowned pipers Mikie Smyth, Brian McNamara, Mick O’Brien and Peter Browne and performed a solo recital for Irish National Heritage Week. He is regular performer on the Australian festival circuit and participant in the Melbourne session scene.
Matthew has performed extensively across classical, experimental, popular, jazz and folk genres, both solo and with artists such as Steve Reich (USA), the Australian Art Orchestra, Speak Percussion, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Topology and Clocked Out. Matthew was an invited speaker at the Australian Percussion Gathering in 2010 and winner of the multiple percussion category in the associated competition. He participated in the 2012 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival in Massachusetts, working and performing with Steve Reich and members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars.