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. Most active as a chamber musician, he performs regularly as a founding member of the Boston Percussion Group (BPeG) and as half of the clarinet/marimba duo Transient Canvas, with whom he has commissioned and premiered over 30 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 freelance orchestral percussionist, he has performed in concerts and recording sessions with many groups throughout New England, including the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Symphony New Hampshire.
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 as 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], 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 Dedham School of Music. He has presented his 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).