Dr. Matthew van Emmerik
Born in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia in 1978, Matthew started playing at age 7. He is the former principal euphonium player with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force in London, United Kingdom and all Royal Australian Navy Bands. He has held high profile recording and principal/section positions with the world’s leading bands and orchestras including: Black Dyke, Fodens, Leyland, Desford Colliery, Brighouse and Rastrick, Cory, Dalewool (NZ), Woolston (NZ), Victoria Brass, National Band of Australia and the Fountain City Band (USA) – Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Melbourne Symphony, Sydney Symphony, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Oporto National Orchestra – Portugal, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Louisville Orchestra USA.
In 2007 Matthew was awarded the coveted Champion of Champions title at the National Brass Band Championships, and in 2011 became only the second Australian in history to win the Open Euphonium Championship at the New Zealand Brass Band Championships. Matthew has adjudicated contests and festivals all across Australia, New Zealand, the U.S.A and Europe. He has conducted many high-level wind and brass bands in Australia and overseas including steering the Melbourne based Box Hill City Band’s resurgence back to the A Grade (Championship Section) status, including recording a highly successful release with them ‘125 Years’ on the Potenza Music label (USA)
Matthew completed his PhD studies and graduated as a Doctor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and University of Sydney in 2011. He has recorded five commercially available CDs: ‘Neath Austral Skies, ‘Utaki – The Sacred Grove’, ‘HOMELAND’ featuring repertoire commissioned and composed specifically for him, this CD received critical acclaim and was named ‘CD of the Month’ in the Brass Band World Magazine (UK) and was a finalist for ‘Solo CD of the Year’ in the same Magazine. ‘Tubas of Mass Destruction’ which incorporates new repertoire and non-traditional concepts for low brass and his latest research CD project ‘Preserving Code’ – The Music of Australian composer, conductor and instrumentalist, Percy Code, which includes a CD recording and compiling all of the solos by Percy Code, which for the first time in history are released on the Potenza Music label (USA).
Since 2006, Matthew has been a brass ensemble conductor and euphonium and low brass lecturer at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University. In August 2016 Matthew took up a one-year temporary position as Assistant Professor of Music – Director of Bands and Low Brass at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, USA His duties included conducting the Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Pep Band and teaching applied low brass lessons.
In December 2016 Matthew performed with the world renowned ‘Chicago Symphony Orchestra’ Brass section at the opening concert of the Midwest Conference at Symphony Center, Chicago.
Matthew is proud to be an Adams Custom Brass Artist and Clinician and an endorsee of Reunion Blues gig bags. Matthew uses his own VAN EMMERIK signature mouthpiece range when performing.
Matthew is married to his beautiful wife Monique, and they have two son’s William (aged 5) and Patrick (aged 2).
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