Matthew Wilsher is a chamber, orchestral and solo clarinettist, currently studying on a scholarship for a performance Masters at the Royal Academy of Music.
Matthew graduated from the University of Bristol, where he studied Music and French and completed an Erasmus year abroad at the Conservatoire Jacques Thibault in Bordeaux. Prior to studying at Bristol, he was awarded a scholarship at the Sheffield Music Academy where he gained his Diploma in clarinet and was voted Sheffield Young Musician of the Year in 2009. Whilst at Bristol, Matthew was awarded the Thomas Beecham Scholarship and the JH Britten Award in recognition for achieving the highest mark his final assessed performance, as well as regularly performing with the University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. In 2012, he performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra, and again in 2013 with the Bordeaux University Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 Matthew also won the University concerto competition and was awarded the opportunity to perform the Bruch double concerto for viola and clarinet in Bristol and venues across Budapest.
Whilst at the Royal Academy of Music, Matthew has been lucky enough to work with such esteemed conductors as Sir Mark Elder, Sir Trevor Pinnock and Manuel Lopez Gomez, and has studied with Sir Andrew Marriner and Christopher Richards of the LSO, and Mark Van der Weil of the Philharmonia. He has also had the opportunity to perform with the Philharmonia and the London Sinfonietta in side-by-side schemes in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall. As an active member of the wind quintet Moriarty Winds, Matthew has performed at Wigmore Hall and in Wimbledon International Music Festival and Surrey Hills International Music festival.