Having taken up violin playing at the age of six, Matthew went on to achieve distinction in grade 8 violin in 2009. Matthew was taught until 2010 by his mother, Linda Crisp and since then has studied with Diana Cummings.
He has also studied piano with Liesel Robertson, voice with Elin Davis, conducting with Tom Seligman and harmony with Norman Durrant and has achieved grade 8 piano and grade 8 voice.
Matthew has built up a diverse experience in music education and music in the community since he began violin teaching in 2011 under the guidance of his mother.
From 2011 to 2015 he spent several weeks per year gaining experience teaching at Lymington Infant School and Lymington Junior School and in 2016 he shadowed teachers from Greenwich Music Hub at Wingfield Primary School.
Matthew's involvement with Trinity Laban's Inspired Not Tired participation programme for the over 60s led to a placement with The Befrienders under the guidance of Natasha Lohan. Matthew performed in Rite Up Close by Five Senses Music which was an outreach project introducing young people to music.
He gained extensive orchestral experience in youth orchestras after joining Waterside Area Youth Orchestra in 2004 which he led from 2007 to 2011. From 2009 to 2015 he was a member of Hampshire County Youth Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra and lead Hampshire County Youth Orchestra from 2013 to 2015.
In 2012 he was invited to take part in the National Youth Strings Academy course which included a tour to Italy. As well as frequent orchestral performances, Matthew currently plays with Janus Ensemble and Kensington Chamber Orchestra.
Matthew has won prizes in local music festivals including the New Milton Music Festival, Bournemouth Music Festival and Southampton Music Festival. In the Winchester Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition in 2014 Matthew was a finalist and performed Bruch’s violin concerto in G minor with the orchestra.
He has received generous financial support towards violin lessons from Awards for Young Musicians including Robert Lewin Scholarships and Joan Scrutton Awards. The support of Awards for Young Musicians has led to workshops and masterclasses with players from leading British orchestras.
Matthew is currently a Trinity College London Scholar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.