Noted for his “intense directness” with an “expert and vivid” style by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, Matt Sharrock is a mover and a shaker tirelessly championing the works of living composers. As half of the bass clarinet/marimba duo Transient Canvas, he has premiered over 40 new works and performed across the United States from San Francisco to Brooklyn and from Jordan Hall to The Goat Farm Arts Center. Always looking for innovative ways to connect with new audiences, he melds drama and music with his solo project Narratives and rides the line between rock band and new music ensemble as a member of the Boston Percussion Group. Matt has also performed with some of New England’s finest ensembles, including the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Symphony New Hampshire.
An advocate for new music, Matt currently serves as Music Director for the EQ Ensemble, a new music sinfonietta in residence with the Equilibirum Concert Series. As a percussionist, he often performs with many of Boston's premiere contemporary ensembles, including [sound icon], Boston Musica Viva, and Juventas New Music Ensemble. 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 Boston Conservatory in the Music Theory department where he teaches Time & Rhythm I & II. He has presented his marimba masterclass Learning to Learn at colleges and universities throughout the US, including Rutgers, Marshall, and Kennesaw State Universities. 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).