Matthew Midgley

About

Matthew has been the principal double bass player of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra since 2004. In May 2013, together with the RPhO, he performed as soloist the world premiere of Rotterdam and Codarts composer Paul van Brugge’s Double Bass Concerto. De Volkskrant newspaper said that he shined as a soloist and was a born musician, and as an orchestral musician Trouw newspaper review commented that his Mahler’s 1st symphony bass solo was beautiful and powerful. Matthew is also a regular member of the New European Ensemble.

Matthew studied at the Royal Academy of music in London with Duncan McTier and was formerly principal bass of the E.U.Y.O.

Outside of classical music he specialises in tango bass playing and was formerly a member Tango quartet Tanguarda.

He is a professor of classical bass at Codarts since 2013, having formerly been the bass teacher at the Codarts world music department for tango.

Career

Highlights:

Performing Paul van Brugge’s Double Bass concerto with the RPhO.
Performing Nino Rota’s Divertimento for bass and orchestra with the Pulchinella Orchestra.
Creating and teaching a bass class of children from 6 years old at the Hellendaal School of Music between 2009 and 2014.

Motivation

The questions for Matthew Midgley:

Why do you believe students should come to Codarts?

"We have a large class of top class students, so you will benefit from their knowledge as well as ours. Codarts also has opportunities to study tango, jazz and world music; this diversity can help form an excellent classical musician."

What are you going to teach them?

"If all goes well, a good pure and efficient sound as a basis, and of course musical flexibility. The good musician must understand the full range of colours and emotions, not every piece should be beautiful!"

How are you going to teach them?

"To start, lessons on bow speed, which must alter with string length, a basic concept, but it’s the basis of pure sound forming. We will pretend your bow is a paintbrush to get air and lightness into a baroque sonata. I’ll also try to get you to play with maximum efficiency using minimum effort, especially useful for power and clarity within music."

Awards

Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music. DipRAM | Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. FRAM

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