Matt Sharrock is a versatile marimbist/percussionist in Boston, MA. Originally hailing from central Ohio, Matt enjoys a multifaceted career as a performer, teacher, and conductor. As half of the clarinet/marimba duo Transient Canvas, Matt has commissioned over 25 new works by composers such as Marti Epstein, Curtis Hughes, and Osnat Netzer and appears on Andy Vores’ CD One Head, released in January 2013. As a founding member of the Boston Percussion Group, Matt has performed all over Boston, from Jordan Hall to Columbus Park, and in 2011 gave the Boston premiere of Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet. An active freelance percussionist at home in multiple genres, past seasons have included performances with Symphony New Hampshire, Metropolitan Chorale, and Boston Opera Collaborative, among others.
An advocate for new music, Matt currently serves as principal conductor for the EQ Ensemble, a new music group in residence with the Equilibirum Concert Series, and The Fifth Floor Collective. In the past, he was a founding member and served for two years and music director and principal conductor of l(a contemporary music ensemble, a new music group in residence at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, OH. As a percussionist, he has appeared with many of Boston's premiere contemporary ensembles, including Sound Icon, the Fromm Players at Harvard, Juventas New Music Ensemble, and New Music Brandeis. In May 2012, he gave the world premiere of Aaron Jay Myers' Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra.
A passionate educator, Matt is currently on faculty at the Dedham School of Music. He has also been a teaching artist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and presented masterclasses at the Interlochen Arts Camp. As a member of Boston Percussion Group, he has presented classes, workshops, and masterclasses throughout Massachusetts. Also interested in adult music education, he spent five years as percussion instructor for the Baldwin-Wallace College New Horizons Band Program, teaching group lessons, coaching band rehearsals, and organizing, programming and conducting a percussion ensemble of students over the age of 50.
Matt holds an M.M. in Marimba Performance from The Boston Conservatory and a B.M. in Music Performance (Percussion) from Baldwin Wallace University. His primary teachers include Nancy Zeltsman and Jack Van Geem (marimba); Keith Aleo, Josh Ryan, and Sam Solomon (percussion); John Grimes (timpani), Sharan Leventhal (chamber music), and Dwight Oltman (conducting).