Matthew Rickard read Music at the University of Surrey where he studied the piano
with Clive Williamson. During this time Matthew developed his interest in chamber
music and ensemble playing and was a prizewinner in the annual chamber music competition
at the University. Matthew pursued his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy
of Music, studying with Michael Dussek and Graeme Humphrey, specialising in piano
Matthew currently enjoys a busy career as a chamber musician and soloist. Recent
highlights include appearances at the Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham, the National
Concert Hall in Dublin and concerts in France, Germany and The Netherlands. Matthew
has also recently given concerts at venues in Abbey Dore, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge,
Churchdown, Cirencester, Durham, Farnham, Guildford, Godalming, London, Oxford, Reading,
Windsor and Woking. Matthew has recorded seven CDs for the EM Records label with
the violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck. The first disc, a recording of English Violin
Sonatas by Arthur Bliss, Henry Walford Davies and York Bowen was awarded “RECORDING
OF THE MONTH” by MusicWeb International and has been described as “a complete success”
by International Record Review. Matthew’s playing on the second disc, featuring music
by Granville Bantock and Joseph Holbrooke has been described as “heroically impressive”.
Matthew has also recorded a disc of chamber musicby John Pickard for the Toccata
Classics label. Matthew has performed live on BBC Radio 3’s “In Tune” programme.
Matthew is accompanist to the award-winning Farnham Youth Choir, and has also worked
with Constanza Chorus, Godalming Choral Society, Guildford Opera Company, Hart Voices,
Horsley Choral Society, Lloyds Choir, Oxshott Choral Society, Royal Free Music Society
and the Rushmoor Choir.
As an orchestral pianist Matthew has worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony
Orchestra, Moscow City Ballet and the Thursford Christmas Spectacular.
Matthew is an experienced piano teacher and has previously taught at the University
of Surrey. He currently teaches at Longacre School in Surrey as well as having a
private teaching practice in the Woking area.
Matthew has also lived in Japan, where he worked as an English teacher, teaching
all ages of student, from three to seventy. Though safely back in the UK, he retains
an interest for all things Japanese. His other interests include photography, walking,
motor racing, eating out and travel.