Matthew Barley: Cello playing is at the centre of Matthew Barley’s career, while his musical world has virtually no geographical, social or stylistic boundaries. After training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Moscow Conservatoire, Matthew’s activities in performance, improvisation, cross-disciplinary projects, composition, and pioneering community programmes soon developed to form a uniquely eclectic international career.
The best representation of this career so far was Matthew’s marathon UK tour, On The Road, in 2006 playing 20 recitals and giving 17 workshops in 30 days. The venues ranged from prestigious concert halls, to a prison, a school for terminally ill children, and a vegetarian cafe. The programme included improvisation, core classical music, contemporary music with electronics, and a new piece by DJ Bee and Barley for cello with computer and midi-pedal board! The tour was a huge critical and audience success with many sold-out houses.