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Born in Yorkshire in 1977, Matthew Schellhorn studied in Manchester and Cambridge. His teachers included Peter Hill and Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen. He has given recitals in many major venues throughout the UK, including Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room. He has been guest soloist at several international festivals and has performed live on numerous international radio stations.

A prominent performer of new music, Matthew Schellhorn has given numerous territorial and world premieres with recent commissions including a collection of studies by Nicola LeFanu and various works by Gráinne Mulvey, Linda Buckley and Colin Riley. He has a particularly close working relationship with Irish composer Ian Wilson of whose music he is a frequent dedicatee. In 2012, he gave the world premiere of Ian Wilson’s Flags and Emblems in the Belfast Festival with the Ulster Orchestra, followed three years later by another world premiere with the same orchestra of Ian Wilson’s Mutazione: Piano Concerto; both performances were recorded live for BBC Radio 3. In 2014, Diatribe Records released Matthew Schellhorn’s solo disc, Ian Wilson: Stations, the world premiere recording of a new commission featured on RTÉ lyric fm as one of the ‘great cycles of 21st-century piano music’.

Matthew Schellhorn’s performances of the music of Olivier Messiaen have been met with superlative critical approval. He has been regular guest soloist in performances of Trois petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine, Turangalîla-Symphonie, Réveil des Oiseaux and Oiseaux Exotiques with orchestras including the London Mozart Players. His recent disc with the Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Messiaen: Chamber Works (Signum Classics SIGCD126), received positive reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and was awarded an AllMusic Classical Editors’ Favourite.

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