Matthew Kidd was born and raised in Perth, where he took up the clarinet at age 10. He played in various school and community groups throughout his high school years before entering the University of Western Australia, where he studied with the WASO Principal Clarinet, Allan Meyer.
Whilst at University, Matthew regularly performed in orchestral and chamber music groups and was a member of the Western Australian Youth Orchestra.
Since leaving University, Matthew has performed most of the clarinet chamber music repertoire in concerts throughout WA, featuring works by Messiaen, Mozart, Brahms, Bartok and Weber, as well as the solo repertoire of Weber, Brahms, Debussy, Poulenc and Schumann with regular accompanist Adam Pinto.
Matthew has been broadcasted by ABC Classic FM in Young Australia with the Messiaen ‘Quartet for the End of Time’, the Friday Recital and the Sunday Live segments, as well as performances of Australian solo and chamber music works at ‘New Music Week’, the ‘Totally Huge New Music Festival’ and the ‘Hearnow! Festival of new music’ in Perth.
In 2003, Matthew performed Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major K. 622 at St Georges Cathedral in Perth to critical acclaim.
During 2004, Matthew has performed Perth International Arts Festival in their chamber music series, as well as the Hale School Visiting Artists series in Messiaen’s Quartet for the end of Time with Adam Pinto, Paul Wright and Jon Tooby.
He currently maintains a busy schedule of teaching, chamber music performances and augmenting the WA Symphony Orchestra on all sizes of clarinets.Book This Performer
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