Matthew J. Mitchener, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, is an avid freelance orchestral and chamber musician based in New York City who has been praised for his musicianship in the USA and in Europe. Matthew has been heard in Carnegie Hall (New York), Symphony Hall (Boston), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London).
Matthew currently holds the Principal Percussion and Drumset position with the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. He has also played with the MET Opera Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Civic Symphony. Matthew has spent summers at the National Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, and the Tanglewood Music Center.
In addition to his ensemble work, Matthew has been recognized as a mallet soloist. In 2014, Matthew’s performance of “Ragtime Robin” was featured on percussionsource.com
. Later that year, Matthew made his solo debut with the National Music Festival Symphony performing the Vibraphone solo from “Escapades” by John Williams at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland. In 2015, Matthew made his African Drumming solo debut performing the Boston premier James Syler’s “Congo Square” in the Tsai Performance Center.
Matthew received his Masters of Music in Orchestral Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, and received his Bachelors of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from Boston University. In addition, Matthew studied for a term at the Royal College of Music in London, England. Matthew’s primary teachers include: Chris Lamb, Duncan Patton, She-e Wu, Kyle Zerna, Sam Solomon, and Michael Karcz.