Matt Sharrock is a versatile marimbist/percussionist in Boston, MA. Originally hailing from central Ohio, Matt enjoys a multifaceted career as a percussionist, teacher, and conductor. As a performer, Matt specializes as a marimbist, performing as a soloist or in chamber settings. Currently, Matt performs regularly in duos with marimbist Laurel Black and percussionist Karlyn Mason, and he is a founding member of Boston Percussion Group (BPeG) and Front Street Percussion Quartet. As an orchestral musician, Matt has performed around the greater Boston area with groups such as the Boston Opera Collaborative, the Brockton Symphony Orchestra, Lowell House Opera, and The Video Game Orchestra (to a sold-out Symphony Hall).
An advocate for new music, Matt was a founding member and acted for two years as music director and principal conductor of l(a contemporary music ensemble, a new music group in residence at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH. Currently, Matt is an organizer and performer for Equilibrium Concert Series and serves as principal conductor for The Fifth Floor Collective, a consortium of Boston-area composers. In addition, Matt has had the honor of premiering new works by Christopher Coughlin, Masaki Hasebe, Daniel T. Lewis, Aaron Jay Myers and Mischa Salkind-Pearl, among others.
A passionate educator, Matt is currently a teaching artist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He also presents master classes and educational concerts with BPeG in addition to completing three yearly tours of Kentucky public schools with Front Street. Also interested in adult music education, Matt 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 College. 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).
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