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Matthew Greco

In this interview, Baroque violinist Matthew Greco talks about performing the music of JS Bach, how he came to play the violin and more.

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In 2013, Matthew Greco graduated from the Royale Conservatoire of The Hague, The Netherlands and since then has continued to nurture his love of the Baroque and Classical violin through his employment as a soloist, concertmaster and core member of some of the world’s leading period instrument ensembles.

Matthew began studying violin at the age of twelve with Lisa Buchanan Nihill in Sydney at St Pius X College, Chatswood where he developed an early appreciation of Baroque music and period performances.

During his studies with Professor Janet Davies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, he furthered his skills on the modern and Baroque violin. Pursuing this interest professionally, at the age of 19, Matthew was engaged by Australia’s leading period orchestras - the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Pinchgut Opera. After establishing a successful career in Australia, he further pursued his passion for historical performance in The Netherlands, studying with world-renowned Baroque violinists Ryo Terakado and Enrico Gatti.

Matthew has been a regular member of Pinchgut Opera since his first performance in 2006; he has performed in 21 productions and has been a concertmaster since 2015. He performs in a variety of ensembles and festivals, including the Australian Haydn Ensemble, Salut! Baroque, De Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Netherlands Bach Society), Les Talens Lyriques (Paris), Festival D’Aix en Provence, Opera Nationale de Paris, and Capella Mediterranea (Switzerland). Matthew is a founding member of the Sydney-based Baroque ensemble, The Muffat Collective.

Also an enthusiastic violin teacher, Matthew currently enjoys his work at Santa Sabina College as ensemble conductor and teacher in the senior and junior school instrumental programs. Having recently become a teacher of Baroque violin at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, he very much enjoys sharing his knowledge of historical performance practices with young professionals including those in the Brandenburg’s education program.

Matthew’s approach to music is one governed by his commitment to producing a unique and individual sound based on his knowledge of historical performance. He believes that seventeenth-and eighteenth-century music is full of vitality, energy and emotions that speak to us now as much as they did in the past.

Biography: Matthew Greco, 2020

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