Matthew K. Brown, a native of Reading, Pennsylvania, began his musical studies on the classical guitar at the age of seven and started playing the tuba at the age of fifteen. At the age of seventeen, he became the grand prize winner of the Pennsylvania Sifonia Concerto Competition, and made his concerto debut with the Pennsylvania Sifonia later that same year to rave reviews: "Brown was exciting ... a tour de force!" (Allentown Morning Call); "The best performance of the [Vaughn Williams] tuba concerto that I recall hearing!" (Bethlehem Globe Times).
While a tuba student at Boston University, he began his professional chamber music career as tubist and founding member of the award-winning Paramount Brass Quintet. Mr. Brown went on to study at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University, and he holds degrees from Mansfield University and Michigan State University. His teachers include Sam Pilafian, Phil Sinder, David Fedderly, Robert Shunk, Steve McEuen, and Don Stanley.
A founding member of the Avatar Brass Quintet, he has performed hundreds of concerts throughout the United States, including weekly internationally televised performances from the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mr. Brown is an active arranger, having arranged and transcribed over one hundred pieces for various brass ensembles, many of which are published by his own publishing company, Hawkeye Music Publications. He is a member of ASCAP.
Mr. Brown has held the principal tuba position with the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and has also performed with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Miami City Ballet, Ballet Florida, the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Philadelphia Big Brass, the Reading Symphony, The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Alea III, and Ensemble 21.
From 1994 through 2000 he served as a member of the Artist Faculty at the prestigious Harid Conservatory of Music (now the Lynn University Conservatory) in Boca Raton, Florida where he taught applied tuba, coached chamber music, and conducted the brass ensemble. He has also served on the faculty at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Michigan State University and Florida Atlantic University where he was a Schmidt Distinguished Teaching Fellow.
Currently Mr. Brown resides in Reading, Pennsylvania with his wife and three children. In addition to performing and conducting he is well known as an avid collector and dealer of vintage recordings. He currently teaches tuba at Montclair State University (New Jersey) and low brass at Franklin & Marshall College (Pennsylvania), and freelances throughout the northeast. Mr. Brown is a Yamaha Performing Artist. For more information, visit Mr. Brown's website at http://www.matthewk.brown.net.
M.Music, Tuba Performance, Michigan State University, 2001
B.Music, Tuba Performance, Mansfield State University
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